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What Solva Community Council Does

Solva Community Council tries to continually improve local services in order to meet the needs both of residents and of Solva’s many visitors. Its general role is to act as a voice for its local area. This involves articulating the views and concerns of Solva people on a wide range of issues of public concern, and making representations to Pembrokeshire County Council and other public-sector bodies.

The Community Council works in partnership with a range of organisations – such as Pembrokeshire County Council, local law enforcement (Dyfed-Powys Police), the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and the National Trust – in order to ensure that Solva remains an attractive place to live, visit and work.

Decision making is carried out by 8 elected Members, who represent Solva’s roughly 656 people of voting age. However, the Community Council is not party political – enabling each member to vote as an individual on all matters that concern Solva, Whitchurch and Middle Mill.

Day-to-day operations are carried out by the Clerk, supported by contractors for specialist jobs such as Grounds Maintenance.

Notice of Casual Vacancy - 31st May 2022

A casual vacancy has arisen in Solva Community Council for the office of community councillor.

Any TEN local government electors for the ward of Solva may within 14 days of this notice make a written request to hold an election to fill the vacancy to the:

Returning Officer

Pembrokeshire County Council

Electoral Services, Unit 23

Thornton Business Park

Thornton Industrial Estate

Milford Haven

SA73 2RR


If no request for an election is received by 10 or more electors within 14 days of this Notice, Solva Community Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.


Please contact the Clerk Bruce Payne on 07890 987259 who will be happy to discuss the vacancy.


Reference: Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 Part 7: Communities and Community Councils (Chapter 3) – Co-option to fill a casual vacancy

3.18. A casual vacancy can arise for several reasons, including resignation or failure

to accept office. The vacancy is automatic, and does not need to be declared.

The statutory reference for the filling of casual vacancies is section 21 (2) (a) of

the Representation of the People Act 1985 and any power or duty of a

community council under rules made under section 36(2) of the Representation

of the People Act 1983 to co-opt a person to fill a casual vacancy.


3.19. Public notice must be given of the vacancy to give the community the

opportunity to nominate candidates to represent them on the council. If

notification is received from ten electors within fourteen days that they want an

election, then an election must be held. If there is one candidate for one

vacancy, this candidate is elected unopposed. Only if there is no request for an

election may the council co-opt an individual as a councillor and again public

notice must be given.

Welsh and English Notices of Casual Vacancy have been posted in Solva.

For a PDF version of this notice please click the link below:

SCC Notice of Casual Vacancy

One Voice Wales

Encouraging Youth Representation in our council. SCC have a commitment to secure Youth representation on the community council.

Please click the link below to download a PDF for more information.

Working with Young People Guidance

Notice of Next Meeting

The next SCC meeting is planned to be on Wednesday 6th July 2022 at 6pm at Solva Community Clubhouse.

Please click the link here to see a notice of the meeting.

Members unable to do face-to-face will have the option to attend via Zoom. Members of the community who wish to observe can do so by emailing Brucepayne241@gmail.com

Meeting Agenda

Download the next Meeting Agenda here.

Annual Meeting

The 2022 Annual Meeting (AGM) took place on 11th May 2022 in the Solva Community Clubhouse.

Please click the link below to download a PDF of the AGM minutes:

 SCC AGM 2022 Minutes

Council Minutes

Minutes are available to download as PDFs.

Solva Community Council Members

A warm welcome to our newest council members:

  • Richard Davies
  • Robert Richards
  • Bethany Hutson
  • Samuel Ellison

Please click on the link on each candidate’s profile to read their personal register of interest

Ifor Thomas (Chair)

Robert Richards

Richard Davies (Vice Chair)

Colin Reynolds

Joe Griffin

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 above.

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 a couple of times per month; please contact him for details on 07976 553912 or cllr.mark.carter@pembrokeshire.gov.uk; 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.

Other Elected Representatives for Solva

Below are details of the County Councillor, Welsh Assembly Members, Member of Parliament and Police that represent Solva.  Click on their photos for contact details and further information.

Mark Carter

County Councillor for the Electoral Division of Solva (Conservative).

Cefin Campbell

Regional Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales (Plaid Cymru).

Paul Davies

Constituency Assembly Member for the Constituency of Preseli Pembrokeshire (Conservative).

Eluned Morgan

Regional Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales (Labour).

Stephen Crabb

Member of Parliament for the Constituency of Preseli Pembrokeshire (Conservative).

Joyce Watson

Regional Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales (Labour).

Jane Dodds

Regional Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales (Liberal Democrats).

Dafydd Llywelyn

Police and Crime Commissioner for the Dyfed-Powys Police force area (Plaid Cymru).

Thinking of Being a Community Councillor?

The good councillor’s guide

Published Allowances

A statement of payments made to members of the Community Council may be downloaded as a PDF

Standing Orders

A copy of the Community Council’s rules may be downloaded as a PDF

Code of Conduct for Community Councillors

Solva Community Council's Emergency Scheme of Delgation

If you would like to know more about Community Councils and what they do, One Voice Wales – the representative body for community and town councils in Wales – has prepared a guide that can be downloaded as a PDF.