CLT Survey Results

CLT Survey Results

The Solva CLT Survey was conducted over a period of 3 weeks in April and May. There was an excellent response rate with a total of 141 completed surveys. 87% of all respondents were full time residents of Solva or Brawdy.

The results showed a clear need for affordable housing within the parishes of Solva and Brawdy with a requirement for housing that is suitable for both families with younger children and adapted housing for more elderly members of the community. 33% of respondents were male, 56% were female with a
good distribution of ages represented, including young people and the older members of the community. 86% of all respondents supported the idea of affordable housing being built with reasons given including: to support young people who want to stay in the area or return to the area: “Allows
young people to stay in the area” (Female, age 20-44); ensuring enough affordable rentable housing: “To ensure housing is relative to incomes”(Male, age 45-64), and Local housing needed for those local to the area: “Keep locals in the area, stop them moving away. Encourage them to work in traditional
industries such as fishing. “Keep the community alive” (Male, age 20-44).

The survey showed a clear need for affordable housing in Solva. Of the 65 respondents who said their housing needs would change in the future, 56% said they would need an affordable home. Reasons included: the size of the current home, costs, would like to live independently and would like to return
to the parish. The survey showed a high level of support for the project with almost a third of all respondents saying they would like to hear more about the project or to get involved. “The cost of housing in the village does not reflect the level of income many people have”, is another comment that came back from the survey. Another, under twenty year old respondent, said “I think it’s a good idea because it encourages new families to create a life in our village”. Another said that the CLT would “give young people and young families the choice to settle here.”

One thing is clear, the people of Solva want the project to take place and create long term affordable housing that is sustainable and eco-friendly. Despite the lock down the CLT continues to make progress and on-line meetings have taken place with the ateb group, the housing association that will partner
us, to confirm the brief and start to think about the challenges that lie ahead.

The Mice have landed in Solva!

The Mice have landed in Solva!

A boatload of mice escaped from being chased around Aberporth and have made their way around the coast to Solva on the “Big Cheese’ sailing boat. By cover of night they moored in the harbour and have come ashore. Some have gone up the hill to upper Solva, others have stayed in lower Solva… where could they be hiding?

Artist Peter Taylor in Aberporth did a similar project and Chris and Ellie Sherwin are organising the Solva one.  If you are interested in painting a mouse – or mice! – please contact them on 07788 583602 or csdesigns@talktalk.net  Mice can be painted directly onto walls, or bricks/tiles, and there will be a mouse trail map when they are all finished.

Shalom House

Shalom House

Shalom House had to close during lock down. Patients are still being cared for by clinical staff either remotely or in their own homes. We have an exciting plan for the next phase of development of Shalom House to continue our palliative care services but also to offer more facilities for the local community. We are currently advertising for a Care Manager to head up this development, supported by a Commercial Manager with special responsibility for income generation. Full details of these posts are on our website: www.shalomstdavids.org.
Exciting news!
We are very grateful to Jerome Flynn of Game of Thrones fame who will be hosting an online quiz to help raise funds for Shalom House on Friday 3 July, starting at 7.30pm. Details on our website and Facebook page. Plus there are prizes to be won! A great opportunity for friends and family to join in and have some fun.

Gardd wrth y Bont

Gardd wrth y Bont

The little garden by Solva bridge is blooming. Thanks very much to those generous people who have contributed plants and seedlings.
If you are passing stop and have a peek!
Also, thanks to Jane W for all her hard work caring for the plot (ed).

Dog Fouling

Dog Fouling

Once again the curse of the abandoned dog deposit does not seem to go away.
The Patchins, the picnic areas, the airfield, the football field, the Quick – in fact everywhere – there is mess left and not dealt with because the dogs’ owners are irresponsible. Plus we are in lock down – work that one out. Obviously those responsible are local! Clean up after your dog – you could face a £1000 fine if reported.

Solva Memorial Hall

Solva Memorial Hall

In the doorway of the Hall in a (hopefully) waterproof plastic box are:
Jigsaw Puzzles
CDs
Books (including children’s).
All have been donated to the Hall. You are very welcome to select any that may help you to pass the time now that we all have more of it. No need to return but you may pass them on if you wish.
There will be a more permanent container in Parc y Capel (see Solva Care notice) soon, in which case we will transfer any remaining items to that. Please don’t hesitate… We can replenish the box if and when necessary. It is working quite well so far!