People in North Cardiff say they are disappointed Cardiff City Council are not hosting a drop-in consultation for the cycling strategy in their area.
According to the council’s website ,three sessions will be held in the city at the Grangetown Hyb, City Hall and The Old Library. All these locations are in central and southern Cardiff.
Conservative councillor for Rhiwbina, Jayne Cowan, tweeted:
Cardiff Council organised 3 drop in meetings to discuss their cycling strategy. 2 in Cardiff Central & 1 Cardiff South. None in the North… pic.twitter.com/JuH5AQM9Jp
— Jayne Cowan (@JayneCowan) 5 February 2017
She says “Cardiff North gets overlooked for so many different things by Cardiff Council. I’m just wondering why they didn’t spread the sessions across the city. The message that is being sent to the public is that views of Cardiff North residents are not as important as those in the central and southern areas of the city.”
Steve Bowden, 62, a cyclist who lives in the Heath says “It’s a missed opportunity, not to give people in Cardiff North the chance to feed into the consultation is ludicrous.
“Two of the biggest employers in the city are in the area, the Tax Office Llanishen and the University Hospital in Heath, and I know people commute there by bike from North Cardiff and they’re not getting the chance to take part in the consultation.”
Cardiff Council say “When setting the locations for these events, the City Council works closely with community groups and individuals to ensure that the events are clearly publicised in the local area and are well attended. We currently don’t have a community group in North Cardiff that we are working with, but if any volunteers would like to come forwards to help us, we are happy to consider an event in this area.
“Alternatively residents in North Cardiff are able to attend any of the other events in the city and what an opportunity it is to get the bike out of the garage or shed, wipe down the cob webs and cycle to an event to see Cardiff’s exciting plans and give their views.”
The council’s cycling strategy aims to improve the experience of cyclists in the city, and encourage more people to use the method of transport.
The consultation will run until 28th March 2017.