Solva Community Council • Cyngor Cymuned Solfach
You may not be aware, but Solva Community Council is working on some exciting initiatives for the village, as well as continuing to develop more well-established ones. If you have any ideas that you would like to share, please get in touch via the Contact form.
Solva Accessible Path Project
The Community Council is currently investigating the possibility of developing a safe, accessible path from upper to lower Solva. Meeting have been held with landowners and officers from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
Linked to this is a proposal to move the football field fence to create more car parking spaces to enable people to walk safely down to lower Solva.
Tree Thinning Below the War Memorial
Early photos of Solva show the cross visible from the harbour, and the harbour could also be seen from the cross. It was felt that some thinning of the sycamores would open up the vista again. This happened early in 2019.
The meeting (as agreed at the Solva Community Council Meeting on 4 September 2019) to take forward the Community Climate Change Emergency Action Plan was scheduled to be on Wednesday 25th September 2019, but was postponed. Look out for the new date – members of the local community are warmly invited to attend.
Climate Emergency Declared in Solva
The motion – submitted by Chair Joshua Phillips – was passed unanimously at the Solva Community Council meeting on Wednesday 1st May 2019.
All governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to limit the negative impacts of climate breakdown. Solva Community Council recognises this and will not wait for Welsh Government to change its policies. It is therefore important for Solva Community Council to commit to carbon neutrality as quickly as possible.
Henceforth, Solva Community Council declares a ‘Climate Emergency‘ to prevent the devastating consequences of global warming being felt in little over a decade.
We must act now and will;
• Pledge to do what is within our powers to make Solva carbon neutral by 2030;
• Call on Welsh Government to provide the powers and resources necessary for Solva to achieve this target;
• Address how individuals, families, organisations and businesses may navigate the local and global challenges we are facing;
• Develop a community-led Action Plan to reduce Solva’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030;
• Report within six months with that Action Plan, outlining how the Community Council will address this emergency. The Action Plan will detail the leadership role Solva Community Council will take to achieve this Carbon Neutral Commitment;
• Ask PCC and the Welsh government for help bringing this plan to fruition;
• Investigate all possible sources of external funding and match funding to support this commitment
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
New Magazine for Solva – Solva Life
The first edition of Solva Life hit the streets of Solva in summer 2019. A bi-annual publication, it aims to cover all things Solva. If you would like to be part of the next edition, or have any feedback about the first one, get in touch through our Contact form.
Solva Community Action Plan
During 2016, members of the community got together at sessions facilitated by PLANED, to develop a new Community Action Plan for Solva, Middle Mill and Whitchurch. The Community Council has now adopted the plan. You can download a copy using the link.
The famous Solva Fireworks are organised by a committee of Solva Council. Unfortunately, the 2020 display was cancelled.
Funding is by donations, so please remember to bring your loose change – or notes! – for the collection buckets. Collection tins are also located in local businesses throughout the year.
The Community Council publishes a free monthly newsletter which is distributed to every household in Solva, Whitchurch and Middle Mill by a willing team of volunteers. Precept funds help pay for the production and printing costs, and local businesses also contribute through advertising revenue.
If you are a business and would like to support it through advertising, or a donation, please get in touch through our Contact form.
Solva Community Christmas Lunch
Solva’s annual over-60s Christmas luncheon is hosted by Solva Community Council each year for everyone who is part of the Solva community.
Pictured Community Council Chair Josh Phillips who presented the awards, Carol-Ann Jones, Mollie Roach, Jim Young and Brenda Lloyd.
Solva Community Council Awards
Solva Community Council honours those members of the community who contribute to village life at its AGM in May.
Award winners for 2019 were: Outstanding Community Volunteer: Brenda Lloyd, Carol Ann Jones, Rebecca Wright and Jimmy Young, Outstanding Youth Champion: Jane Wilde, Outstanding Community Fundraiser: Lindsey Richards, and Outstanding Contribution to Solva Life: Mollie Roach.
Innovative social care charity was born of a Solva Community Council innitiative and a community councillor remains a member of the Board of Trustees.
They are committed to building and sustaining a vibrant, strong and connected community, by working closely with our Community Council and other local groups and organisations.
Their aim is to maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of our community by enabling our residents to stay in their own homes and remain part of their community. We do this by running a volunteer service to provide assistance where needed, as well as running social events to counteract loneliness and isolation; they also provide extra support for those caring for their relatives.
Have your Say!
Are there any local concerns on which you would like to comment? Let us know your views by following the link below.
Alternatively, members of the public are welcome to attend Community Council meetings – see the dates here.
Or, you can come along to one of our weekly coffee mornings from 10.30am to noon on a Thursday in the Memorial Hall, where you will often find a Community Councillor to speak to. Our County Councillor, Mark Carter, sometimes has a local surgery at the coffee morning; please contact him for details on 07976 553912 or firstname.lastname@example.org; you can also check the Solva Newsletter for dates. Alternatively you can make an appointment with the Clerk to see the Chair at other times.