This unique project to build approximately 18 affordable homes in Solva which will be leased to tenants to provide local homes for local people is progressing well. The next step is the consultation with the community over the change of use of the football field to a housing site, this will take place in October.
It is very important that we get as many members as possible, and already over 50 people have signed up to have a say in this running of the Trust. We aim to have at least 100 members. It only costs a notional one pound, so please think about becoming a part of the first Community Land Trust in Pembrokeshire. Forms are available at Bay View Stores or to download as a PDF.
The work on the SCLT continues with regular meetings being held with Pembrokeshire County Council and our other partners. The next step is to get
the business case approved by PCC so that the Welsh Government can approve the grant funding. This hopefully will be done after the September Cabinet meeting of PCC.
A consultation will then take place with the community over the change of use of the playing field to a housing site. This consultation will be led by PCC. The site has been earmarked for housing for as long as people can remember, so it is hoped that this process will proceed smoothly. The project does, after all, include new recreational space. In the meantime, make sure that you complete your membership leaflet, pay a pound and join the project. There will be an AGM in the autumn so all the members can elect a committee to take forward this exciting project. If you don’t have a membership leaflet pick one up at Bay View Stores or download a PDF.
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.
Because of the pandemic, our questionnaire had to switch to an online process. So far 125 people have completed the survey with the great majority saying that they think it’s a good idea to build affordable housing in the village. Over 30 people are interested in renting a home there. The full results of the survey will be available in early July. Thank you to everyone that took the time to respond and share their opinions with us.
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Following on from the successful Solva Symposium held earlier this year, Solva Care will be hosting an online event for all community groups – or community-minded individuals – to find out more about how they could participate in this Pembrokeshire-wide partnership project.
Together for Change is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund to bring community groups together in Pembrokeshire to network and provide mutual support so that as many communities as possible can benefit.
The event is hosted by Zoom on Tuesday 30 June at 10am. For more details, see our project page Together for Change page. To register email Project Coordinator Jessie Buchanan on email@example.com before the 26 June giving the following information: your name, organisation and number of volunteers (if applicable), contact details, and area of interest in community development. Please let Jessie know if you would like to participate but have trouble with accessing Zoom and we will see if we can help.
Each year, the accounts of Solva Community Council are audited by the Auditor General of Wales. As part of this process, any interested person has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the Annual Return. Refer to the Notice for details of how to inspect. Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay
PCC recently awarded the affordable housing project an additional £50,000. Taken from the Housing Need element of Pembrokeshire County Council’s Second Home Council Tax Levy, it will allow the project to continue. The funding award will run from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2021.
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Solva Community Land Trust’s online survey needs to hear from you! If you would like to express your views, and interest in, this exciting project, please complete the confidential survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SolvaCLT2020/
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SCC have issued their policy on how its business will be conducted during the Coronavirus pandemic. Find out more by downloading a PDF.
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.