Alvechurch & Beoley PACT
What does it do?PACT was originally set up by the Police to engage local communities and discuss Parish priorities and in 2010, here in Alvechurch, it was brought under the umbrella of the Parish Council to maintain these aims. Our PACT initiative is managed by a Panel of representatives of residents’ groups, Parish and other Councillors and our Local Policing Team. The Panel meets 3 times a year…just before the 3 public PACT meetings …and is supported by mobile Police surgeries, held in both Parishes.
The latest PACT priorities (agreed last April) are traffic management on the A441 through Hopwood, the “alcohol-free zone” in Alvechurch and litter / dog mess around the Parish.
In May, a Highways Focus Group (Panel members, the Safer Roads Partnership, our County Councillor, a County Highways engineer and local residents) met to look at opportunities to reduce speeding and improve road safety through Hopwood. Local feeling is very strong….a petition of nearly every resident in Hopwood was handed to our County Councillor earlier this year ….and there’s a need for urgent action.
On the other priorities, Bromsgrove District Council have been asked for clarification of the law on drinking alcohol in the street and what any signs should and shouldn’t say. The message from residents at the last PACT was ….if we have to have signs, keep them simple! The District Council was also asked to improve its litter and dog mess collection arrangements, especially in parts of Alvechurch.
Other issues do come up at PACT meetings….all are progressed and many resolved ….by dialogue between organisations on the Panel. Recently double yellow lines have been painted on the roundabout outside the Schools to encourage safer parking; the disabled spaces at the bottom of Bear Hill have been repainted and a vehicle-activated sign (VAS) is being bought by the Parish Council to deter speeding on Weatheroak Hill and in Rowney Green.
PACT is there for you to raise your concerns …when this happens, the Panel looks to partners and the community to work together to look for solutions. Could you help PACT and your local community?
Our next PACT public meeting - October 15th, 7pm in Alvechurch Village Hall
….and if you can’t make the meeting, tell us your views in the Parish Office!