Pencoed Primary redevelopment & Rockwool expansion approved

The latest Development Control Committee meeting took place earlier this week, and here’s a summary of the key points. A webcast of the meeting is available here (link), though the sound quality is very poor (or maybe I’m going deaf).… Continue Reading

A-Levels 2018: Strong results, but behind the Welsh average

While the Class of 2018 has apparently produced Wales’ best-ever A-Level results, despite excellent individual and whole-school performances, the overall picture in Bridgend has seen pass rates in the top grades fall back again. Slightly worryingly, the fall in top… Continue Reading

A must read if you own a dog in Bridgend

They’ve tried signs. They’ve tried polite notices. They’ve tried giving warnings in the press and elsewhere about what would happen if behaviour didn’t change. None of it’s made any difference. Bridgend Council has lost patience with irresponsible dog owners. They’re… Continue Reading

Deadline for Brackla wood development comments extended

As covered in this week’s Glamorgan Gazette, a deadline to submit comments relating to a small, but controversial, development in Brackla has been extended until Tuesday July 3rd. The outline planning application (details available here) is for three plots for… Continue Reading

How has the Councillor Community Fund been used?

In 2017-18, Bridgend Council set up a £285,000 fund which would enable councillors to spend up to £5,000 on projects that would benefit their respective wards. BCBC’s Audit Committee will discuss what’s been done with the fund to date (pdf).… Continue Reading

Rent cut and “indoor square” part of Bridgend Market turnaround plan

There’s been a sense of anxiety amongst town centre traders and the public about the future of Bridgend Market, but BCBC has finally published its turnaround plan (pdf). BCBC currently have a 99-year leasehold on the market (which runs until… Continue Reading

Future of public toilets in Bridgend to be decided next week

Following the decision to cut bus subsidies (though some were given a last-minute reprieve – more here), BCBC’s Cabinet is to decide on the future of public toilets in Bridgend county next week (pdf). New duties will be placed on… Continue Reading

Confirmed: Bridgend to switch health boards in 2019

Following a public consultation the Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething AM (Lab, Cardiff South & Penarth), has announced today that Bridgend county will be changing health boards. From April 1st 2019, health services in Bridgend will be run by Cwm Taf… Continue Reading

Report: BCBC takes a £200k budget hit to support Parc Prison

  An Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting, due to be held later this week, will discuss the social services Bridgend Council (BCBC) provides to support Parc Prison (pdf). Parc Prison has just under 1,800 inmates (62 of which are young… Continue Reading

New school attendance strategy set for approval

  It’s perceived wisdom that there’s a link between attending school and doing better – though this ignores all the other complicated explanations for how children perform at school like poverty, mental & physical health, bullying, intelligence/natural ability and the… Continue Reading

Options for car parking reforms revealed

After a process that started in 2014, officers have finally drafted a set of recommendations to BCBC’s Cabinet for changes to car park management in Bridgend county (pdf). The Current Situation The report states that BCBC currently makes a £385,000… Continue Reading

Decision due on bus subsidy cuts (Update: Decision Made)

Next week, Bridgend Council’s Cabinet will discuss controversial proposals to make a £188,000 cut to supported bus routes, with the results of a public consultation now revealed (pdf). Here’s a reminder of the bus routes which will be affected if… Continue Reading