PACT meetings, or “Partnerships and Communities Together” are an opportunity for community groups to get together with representatives from the local constabulary and discuss issues that concern them.
Issue that are raised, from what we hear, are mostly centred around roads and litter. Oh, and we also hear that they like to moan about people on bicycles and a lack of car parking outside their homes.
Unless you are new to this site you are probably used to hearing us nag and cajole you into taking part in the political process; commenting on consultations and making sure the voice of the average, every-day cyclist is heard.
Well, funnily enough, this is another post asking you to get involved. However, this time it needs to be in person. A commenter on our previous post talking about next steps put the idea in our heads that we should get organised and start attending our PACT meetings to make sure they don’t turn into a one-sided character-assassination of every cyclist in the community, as they so often do.
Thanks to our commenter, Jenny, we now know that the next Canton meeting is on Wednesday 26th July in Taff Housing, Cowbridge Road East. However, it is worth checking in with your local community website to see if they have published the dates of theirs.
More in common…
We’re not suggesting that you go along to sabotage your local PACT meeting. No, we need people to realise that we actually have a lot in common with them. They want their children to be safe on our streets; they want to their solve parking problems and whether or not they realise it, they want their communities to be more liveable.
As luck would have it, bicycles rarely kill; they provide an alternative to the growing four-car household and their use helps to make the community more liveable. However, contrary to popular belief we’re not the bogey-people of the 21st century and we don’t hold the monopoly on traffic-related offences.
What we are, in our most basic form, is people. We work; we breed; we spend money in shops; we laugh; we cry; we do those things that humans do –we just choose to get around by bike.
We were quite surprised by the response to this one, so as a bit of extra help we’re going to compile a list.
All at 7pm unless otherwise stated.
Adamsdown – None
Butetown – 3rd August; 14th September; 26th October – Butetown Police Station
Caerau – 11th September – Nant Caerau School Hall
Canton – 26th July; 27th September; 29th November – Taff Housing Association
Cathays – None – Cathays Library
Creigiau & St Fagans – 31st July – Creigiau Golf Club
Cyncoed – TBC – Christ Church Parish Hall
Ely – 9th August – Grand Avenue Day Centre
Fairwater – 2nd August – Fairwater Day Centre
Gabalfa – None – St Josephs
Grangetown – 1st August – Grangetown Hub
Heath – TBC – Heath Citizens Community Hall
Lisvane & Thornhill – August 1, Thornhill Church Centre, 18 July, Committee Room, Lisvane Memorial Hall
Llandaff – None
Llandaff North – None
Llanishen – TBC – Homelong House
Llanrumney – 22nd August 2017; 21st November 2017 – Eastern Leisure Centre
Pentwyn – Llanedeyrn PACT Meeting: June 27, 2017 – St Teilos High School, Llanedeyrn/ Pentwyn PACT Meeting: September 12, 2017 – St Davids Primary School, Pentwyn
Pentyrch – None
Penylan – TBC
Plasnewydd – 3rd August, Mackintosh Sports Centre
Pontprennau & Old St Mellons – None
Radyr & Morganstown – None
Rhiwbina – TBC
Riverside – 11th July, Riverside Community Centre
Rumney – None
Splott – July 12, 2017, STAR Communities First Offices, Splott Road
Trowbridge & St Mellons – 12th September, Trowbridge Community Centre; 11th September 2017, St Mellons Community Centre, St Mellons (18:00)
Whitchurch & Tongwynlais – 5th September, St Michaels Church, Tongwynlais
Nice one guys! I look forward to seeing lots of fresh faces (including mine) at the next PACT meeting. Just one caution – it said on the website that dates are subject to change, so maybe check closer to the time 🙂
So I went to the PACT meeting last night and far from facing an aggressive crowd of drivers (as promised) only the policeman and one other regular were there. We had a really good talk about the 20mph zones – which the other guy was really in favour of as well. They were both sympathetic to cyclists as well.
We talked mostly about Ninian Park Road and the speeding that routinely takes place along there despite the 20mph speed limit. The policeman will take the complaint back, but also told me to ring 101 routinely whenever I see speeding vehicles. They can only act when members of the public complain, and so it is up to us to be on their case.
Good work, Jenny!