Park Street “most polluted street” in Bridgend

There’s an obligation on councils to annually monitor air pollution. Bridgend Council’s report for 2018 (pdf) suggests that while the county as a whole is meeting air quality objectives (I doubt this includes trunk roads like the M4 as these… Continue Reading

Committee to be updated on rubbish collections performance

It’s one of the most controversial policies of this Bridgend Council term, but members of a Scrutiny Committee will have another chance to query the performance of the new waste and recycling contract with Kier this morning (pdf). Here’s a… Continue Reading

ALL bus subsidies in Bridgend could be cut next year

In a report due to be discussed by Bridgend Council’s Cabinet next week, it’s revealed that BCBC is considering cutting all current bus subsidies in next year’s budget in order to save up to £180,000 (pdf). The drastic policy is… Continue Reading

“Adults at Risk” data for Bridgend revealed

“Adults at Risk” are vulnerable adults who may be at risk of various forms of abuse and may require intervention by social services. Data from 2017-18 for “Adults at Risk” in Bridgend county – and where they are – was… Continue Reading

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 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

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

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

Future greenfield development likely as BCBC reviews LDP success

  One of the most important functions of any council is setting out how to use land, including allocating land for housing, retail and employment development. BCBC set out this policy in their Local Development Plan (LDP). The current one… Continue Reading