Solva Community Council

SCC will meet on Wednesday 5 June at 6.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Items on the agenda:
▪ Dog Fouling – Enforcement officers debate
▪ Action Plan to reduce Solva’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030
▪ PCC Community Development Project (Transfer of Non-Statutory Services)
▪ Solva Community Land Trust
▪ Solva Community Tourism Initiative
▪ Community Crime Watch Scheme
▪ Memorial Benches – Motion to use PCNPA benches in car park
▪ Solva Logo competition
▪ Play & Skate Parks
▪ AFC project
▪ Solva Path Project
▪ Finance report
▪ Planning applications
▪ Local concerns
Members of the local community who wish to attend. Please inform SCC Clerk Bruce Payne on 07890 987259.


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Community Awards

This year saw the inauguration of the Solva Community awards, a chance for our village to recognise those who have given their time willingly and freely to enhance the quality of life in Solva:-
Outstanding Community Volunteer: Brenda Lloyd, Carol Ann Jones, Rebecca Wright and Jimmy Young.
Outstanding Youth Champion: Jane Wilde.
Outstanding Community Fundraiser: Lindsey Richards.
Outstanding Contribution to Solva Life: Mollie Roach.


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Climate Change Emergency

We believe that Solva Community Council is the first community/town council in Pembrokeshire to declare a #ClimateEmergency – following Welsh Government and Westminster’s declarations. We must act now and we 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 target;
• Address how individuals, families, organisations and businesses understand local and global challenges;
• 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 the leadership role Solva Community Council will take
to achieve this Carbon Neutral Commitment;
• Ask PCC and the Welsh government for help to bring this plan to fruition;
• Investigate all possible sources of external funding and match funding to support this commitment.


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Solva Precept Pressure

Once again the primary focus for last year was the devolution of non-statutory services as a result of the continuing budget restrictions within Pembrokeshire County Council. Solva Community Council is already paying PCC for delivery of Youth Services at an annual cost of £3,155 – otherwise this service would have been lost!


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Solva Community Council AGM

This year the AGM placed a distinct emphasis on children’s involvement. The first half of the session was given over to a consultation where local children were given the opportunity to voice their opinions on the proposals for both the upper and lower play parks. The main part of the AGM was given over to hearing reports on the community council’s various activities over the year, summarised by Chair, Josh Phillips. We also had a presentation from the Head of Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi who emphasised the importance of Solva school as part of the educational delivery for the north Pembrokeshire peninsula. School Numbers were projected to increase but some voluntary redundancies would be unavoidable because of tight budgets. Mark Carter, our County Councillor, undertook to chase up progress on the projected development of the football field. Ifor Thomas outlined the benefits of carrying out the project as a Community Land Trust, which would mean the community would own the housing in perpetuity and also gain income.
The meeting was enthusiastic in supporting this initiative. A long meeting concluded with light refreshments ably provided by Wendy Wright.


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St Davids Church Whitchurch

Last year the Community Council clarified its maintenance responsibility for the old graveyard with the Church of Wales. Deeds were reviewed and they confirmed the ancient burial ground was transferred by the Welsh Church Commissioners to the Parish Council of Whitchurch (Solva) on 12 December 1927.
The community council has now allocated an annual budget of £500 for urgent work in the old graveyard – this will be overseen by a community council sub-committee headed by Joe Griffin.


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Bin Bags

As of 1 June 2019 when visiting the Waste & Recycling Centres (WRC) all bagged materials will be opened and checked to show they do not contain any recycling items. Only non-recyclable items will be allowed in the general waste skip.
Did you know that over 40% of waste thrown in the general waste container at our WRC could have been either recycled or reused? Pembrokeshire Council needs to increase the amount that we recycle to meet Welsh Government targets. If we miss these targets, we will be fined.
We currently recycle 60% of our waste, but we need to recycle 64% by next year and 70% by 2024/25. Further information: 01437 764551 / www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/wastechanges


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