Year-round residential care for disabled children set to launch

BCBC’s Corporate Parenting Committee (the committee responsible for care, adoptions, looked-after-children) are due to discuss year-round care for disabled children on Wednesday (18th October). According to the report (pdf) until this year there’s been no provision for year-round residential care… Continue Reading

Council could keep Ravens Court after failure to let

  The state of Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) property portfolio is up for discussion at a Corporate Scrutiny Committee meeting later this morning (pdf) and, as usual, there’s some good news and bad news. The good news is that BCBC’s asset… Continue Reading

School catchment area changes set to come in for 2019

Subject to Cabinet approval, some changes affecting school catchment areas could be coming in for Bridgend schoolchildren in time for the 2019-20 academic year (pdf). Broadlands: Maes yr Haul & Trelales Primary Due to over-subscription at Maes yr Haul Primary,… Continue Reading

Council plans next round of school modernisation

Following on from recent posts, also up for discussion by BCBC’s Cabinet next week are initial proposals for the next round of school modernisations and replacements (“Band B”), scheduled to take place between 2019-2024 (pdf). Officers have shortlisted schemes within… Continue Reading

Town Centre Traffic Plans: Changes made as project takes step forward

  De-pedestrianisation of Bridgend town centre has taken a step foward following an informal consultation with groups representing vulnerable or protected characteristic people. The consultation has resulted in some modest changes, due to be discussed by Bridgend Council’s Cabinet next… Continue Reading

Bus Routes & Public Toilets “Under Review” (Again)

Amongst the items on the agenda at next week’s Bridgend Council Cabinet meeting are proposals to make possible cuts to bus services totalling £188,000 (pdf). Local authorities subsidise bus routes that are deemed “commercially unviable”. In 2017-18 this support totalled… Continue Reading

Bridgend Conservatives hit by senior resignations

Update: 08/09/2017: Cllr. Ken Watts has since confirmed the three resignations were nothing to do with electrification (I’ve been told by several sources it was more to do with the 2017 General Election selection process – the “long-standing tensions” I… Continue Reading

“First of its kind” advice service for PIP claimants set for Bridgend

Around 15,000 people in Bridgend county receive disability benefits, including Personal Independence Payment (PIP). PIP worth up to £141 a week and is expected to gradually replace Disability Living Allowance. It’s supposed to help with the costs of living associated… Continue Reading

Rhiw free parking trial to get go ahead & more

(Pic: Wales Online) Here’s a round-up of some of the items on the agenda for Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) cabinet and full council meetings next week. Obviously, the big local talking point at the moment is the rubbish collections, particularly missed… Continue Reading

Improvements demanded at Children’s Social Services

  The Care & Social Service Inspectorate of Wales (CSSIW) today published a critical report into Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) Children’s Social Services department (pdf), following inspections carried out in January and February this year. Children’s social services in Bridgend have… Continue Reading

Planning application submitted for Nolton St. eyesore

With demolition of the derelict former McDonalds/Burger Master on Nolton Street in Bridgend town centre set to start imminently, Swansea-based housing association, Coastal Housing, have submitted an application to redevelop the site. Coastal propose a mixed-use development of retail and… Continue Reading

Delay to bin changes confirmed & more

Here’s another monthly update of some of the reports to be discussed by Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) cabinet and full council later this week. Controversial New Waste Collection Service Delayed (pdf) As you probably all already know, the introduction of the… Continue Reading

Bridgend set to scrap child burial fees & more

Here’s another round-up of some of the items of the agenda for Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) cabinet at their meeting tomorrow. In addition, BCBC councillors are expected to pass the 2017-18 budget (details here) on Wednesday (1st March). For those of… Continue Reading

Bridgend Budget 2017-18

Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) budget – the final one before the local elections in May – is to be discussed by the cabinet tomorrow, with the council due to vote on it at a later date. The General Picture (pdf) The… Continue Reading

City Deal, Porthcawl Resort & Business Hub

  Bridgend Council (BCBC) and its cabinet will be meeting again this week to discuss various reports. Here’s another round-up and they’re all economy-themed this time. BCBC set to back City Region Deal As many of you probably already know,… Continue Reading