Solva Community Council • Cyngor Cymuned Solfach

Solva Newsletter

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, and it is also available to download. 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.

It also has its own Facebook page.

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Burns Night Postponed

Burns Night Postponed

You may have heard about COCA’s proposed Burns Night planned for 25 January in Solva Memorial Hall.  Sadly, it has had to be cancelled due to no band being available.  However, there are plans for a Welsh night dinner in March so watch this space!

New Housing in Solva Consultation

The Community Land Trust (CLT), set up to deliver new affordable housing in Solva, has received around £3m from Pembrokeshire County Council. A consultation is being held between 6.30 to 7.30pm on Wednesday 11 December in Solva Football Club. If you are interested in one of the properties, or in what form they should take, do go along.

Announcement of the Preferred Route for Newgale

Announcement of the Preferred Route for Newgale

The preferred route has been revealed!

Hugging the valley above Newgale beach, the preferred option is a two-and-a-half kilometre stretch linking Penycwm with a purpose built roundabout approximately 1km south of Roch.

The next stages are – if Cabinet agree – for Pembrokeshire County Council to  apply for Welsh Government financial support to undertake further studies of the ground conditions, ecology and environment along the preferred route so that the precise location of the road can be determined.

Detailed surveys of the route will be undertaken as well as drilling some exploratory boreholes as part of the ground investigation.  Detailed designs of the new road will be developed for public consultation before an application for planning consent and a public enquiry.

Solva Community Council News

Renew Your Bus Pass

Renew Your Bus Pass

Transport for Wales are working with all Welsh local councils and Welsh Government to roll out new-style Concessionary Travel Cards by the end of December 2019. These cards will replace the current green ‘bus passes’ across Wales. The old-style cards will not be recognised by electronic readers on buses after 31 December 2019.

Renew online now via the website https://tfw.gov.wales/travelcards

Solva Community Council – Next Meeting

Solva Community Council – Next Meeting

Solva Community Council will meet on Tuesday 3 December at 6:30 pm in the Memorial Hall.  Items on the agenda will include:

  • 2020/21 Budget and Precept
  • Finance report
  • Planning applications
  • Local concerns including Bro Dawel traffic

Members of the local community are welcome to attend. Please let the Clerk (Bruce Payne 07890 987259) know if you wish to come along.

2020/21 Budget and Precept
▪ Finance report
▪ Planning applications
▪ Local concerns including Bro Dawel traffic

Solva Community Christmas Lunch

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.  This year’s will be held on Saturday 7 December at 12.30pm in the Memorial Hall with entertainment by the Brian Jobson band.  Add your name to the list in Bay View Stores if you are interested.

Solva Fireworks

Solva Fireworks

Thanks to everyone involved in the 2019 fireworks’ display – organisers, bucket shakers and onlookers.  We raised £1,296.61!

Solva Precept Pressure 2020/21

Solva Precept Pressure 2020/21

Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) will have a 2020/21 funding gap and although probably less than previous years is seeking our support to deliver various non-statutory services which otherwise may be at risk of being withdrawn. These include: • Public toilets
• Playparks
• Parks, gardens & public open spaces
The first of these are playpark services and PCC plan to transfer the full cost to Solva Community Council (SCC) in April 2020. The forecast cost is £1,200 which could see our 2020/21 precept rise by 3.43%.
SCC has already taken financial control for the delivery of local Youth Services at an annual cost of £3,155. The cost of local elections has already been passed to community councils and PCC will now charge SCC approximately £5,000 for any contested election. SCC must be ready for the 2022 local elections and has from 2018 included £1,000 within the annual precept to cover expected costs.
Such increases to our precept are always a challenge to justify and we wish to do everything we can to protect residents from further excessive precept rises especially in the wake of Council Tax increases of 23.6% over the last two years.
SCC will consider all options to ensure our playparks remain open. Community Councillor’s will debate and agree a way forward at their meeting on Wednesday 6 November 2019 at 6:30pm in the Memorial Hall.

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Solva Community Council – Next Meeting

Solva Community Council – Next Meeting

Solva Community Council will meet on Wednesday 6th November at 6:30 pm in the Memorial Hall.  Items on the agenda will include:

  • Playpark Services – debate & 2020/21 funding motion (see Solva Precept Pressure article)
  • Dog Fouling – Enforcement officers debate & motion
  • Solva Community Land Trust
  • VE Day 75 Celebrations
  • Finance report
  • Planning applications
  • Local concerns

Members of the local community are welcome to attend. Please let the Clerk (Bruce Payne 07890 987259) know if you wish to come along.

Elvis Says Do More Recycling!

Introducing ‘The Wonder of You’ and the boys of the Waste and Recycling Team, alongside the wonderful creativity of Mr Mark Bond and the Eco Champions project.  Thankyouverrrrmurrrrch!

Commemoration of the End of the First World War

Commemoration of the End of the First World War

Solva commemorated the end of the Great War throughout 2018.  Solva Heritage Society, in particular, organised a series of events that were both poignant and thought provoking.  You can download a the illustrated document, produced by Brenda Lloyd, that summarises Solva Heritage Society’s contribution.