On 26 and 27 February Sue Denman and Jessie Buchanan visited a number of community housing projects in Bristol. The visit was organised by the Development Training Agency for CLTs in Wales, and included our neighbouring CLT from the village of Roch.
The Projects were Bristol CLT, Launchpad, Bright Green Futures, Knowle West Media Centre and Ashley Vale Action Group/The Yard/Bridge Farm. The projects were very different but what was striking about them all was the sheer energy, ambition and creativity of the communities involved in what are mostly cooperative self builds. Evaluations showed the impact of the homes on the wellbeing of the owners. Crime in the area was low and people felt safe. They also had many more local friends than was the norm elsewhere. The visit was inspirational and showed the power of partnerships based on trust and a common vision.
It is the intention of Solva CLT to provide environmentally low-impact housing, ideally zero carbon, allowing for the most up-to-date technologies to be used in both the build and the ongoing functions of the properties.
To explore some of the possible technologies, on 3 February members of the Solva CLT Board visited Western Solar’s prototype solar house Tŷ Solar® at Rhosygilwen. The house consumes just 12% of the energy of a traditional house.
Solva Community Council’s minutes for January have now been published on its website.
Solva Care invites you to to attend the inaugural Solva Symposium: ‘Pobl, Lle a Llesiant – People, Place and Wellbeing’: The Experience of a Small, Pembrokeshire Village on Wednesday 11 March, 5-8.30pm at the Merlin Theatre, Pembrokeshire College, Haverfordwest.
Cawl and refreshments will be served on arrival.
Many thanks to all who created a special themed window during Advent. The variety of ideas and the inventive designs were amazing. Any feedback would be very welcome (07970 614233), as would more windows for next year!
Solva Community Council will meet on Wednesday 5 February at 6:30 pm in the AFC Clubhouse. Items on the agenda will include:
- Community Climate Change Action Plan
- AFC Project
- Dog Fouling
- Solva Community Land Trust
- VE Day 75 Celebrations 8th May 2020
- Finance report
- Planning applications
- Local concerns – Lower Solva car park P&D
Members of the local community are welcome to attend. Please let the Clerk (Bruce Payne 07890 987259) know if you wish to come along.