Residents of Cathays raised their voice last night at the area’s PACT meeting. Noise pollution, “To Let” signs and the collection schedule for rubbish dominated the discussion.
The PACT meeting at Cathays Methodist Church drew approximately 20 local residents who raised their issues with local councillors and PCSOs.
Environmental health officer Stephanie Wathan and student liason officer Kieran McCann also attended to give presentations on issues in the area.
A heated debate on noise pollution dominated the meeting. Many residents complained in particular of student noise and the refusal to address disturbances past a certain time.
Reporting disturbances was also an issue with many complaints made in reference to the 101 service.
Stephanie Wathan informed residents of the current procedure for filing complaints of commercial and domestic noise in the area. She advised people to call an alternative number, 029 20871650, if the 101 service failed to work.
Residents also were told that they can request diary sheets to fill in when disturbances occur, which can be used as evidence for the council to issue fines and, if persistent, court orders to the noisy culprits.
Details of the work of Cardiff Council’s Noise Pollution team can be found at the Cardiff Council website.
The Cathays PACT meeting also highlighted problems with letting agencies leaving “To Let” signs up, increasing the potential for burglaries within the area, as well as the ongoing debate surrounding bin collections.
Keiran McCann, student liason officer, presented the residents with a diagram outlining the problem letting agencies displaying the “To Let” signs.
Local residents and councillors suggested sending a letter from the chair of Cathays PACT meeting, Richard Brydon, to the Welsh assembly requesting a change in legislation regarding the display of these signs.
Rubbish collection also proved to be a hot topic, with residents calling for “seagull-proof bags” and more explictly advertised details of rubbish collection times.
Local councillors and residents put forward ways to address these priorites, which were recorded in the minutes of the meeting:
Re-scheduling the collection of bins to reduce the potential for them to be ripped open.
A consultation with ALMA (the landlords association) resulting in them voluntarily agreeing to remove their signs. A further mapping exercise is also in progress to survey any improvement in the area.
For more information on Cathays PACT meetings and to view the meeting minutes, visit OurBobby.
The next Cathays PACT meeting is 23rd August 2010 at Methodist Church Hall, Crwys Road, at 7 PM.