Bridgend’s “Sceptic Six” feel Labour’s banhammer

As you might remember, last month six Labour councillor were suspended after they voted against (or abstained on) a merger proposal between Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan (“Bridgevale”). The councillors appealed, but it appears Welsh Labour run disciplinary proceedings… Continue Reading

Ratings, Redevelopments & Rebellions

Bridgend Council Rated Last week, the Welsh Government released the latest annual report (pdf) on the performance of Wales’ 22 local authorities. Caebrwyn has covered where Carmarthenshire stands, while Plaid Wrecsam has highlighted areas where Wrexham Council are under-performing. I… Continue Reading

Bridgend school “traffic lights” & Councillor leaves Labour

Last week, the Welsh Government unveiled the first school rankings using a new “traffic light” system, which replaces the old system of school bandings.It ranks primary and secondary school in order to determine which schools are out-performing or under-performing compared… Continue Reading

Bridgend’s Cabinet Expansion & Cuts Consultation

  Bridgend Council’s cabinet currently consists of five full members and a deputy – reportedly the smallest local authority cabinet in Wales: Cllr. Mel Nott (Lab, Sarn) – Council Leader Cllr. David Sage (Lab, Brackla) – Deputy Leader Cllr. Mike… Continue Reading

Bridgend Town Centre – Answering Carwyn’s call

Over the last fortnight or so, there’s been a little tiff in the Glamorgan Gazette between Carwyn Jones (in his capacity as Bridgend AM) and Suzy Davies AM (Con, South Wales West) over the current state of Bridgend town centre… Continue Reading

South West Wales NHS changes: What you need to know

The Welsh Government, via Health Minister Lesley Griffiths (Lab, Wrexham) and the local health boards (LHBs) are currently reorganising hospital services across Wales. In the last few days, the four local health boards that cover southern Wales, launched a consultation… Continue Reading

Bridgend Election Predictions 2012 – Part Two

  Following on from part one yesterday, for this second half, I’m concentrating on wards in the Bridgend constituency – covering the southern half of the borough, including: Porthcawl, Bridgend town itself and the Pyle area. Incumbent councillors are in… Continue Reading

Bridgend Council: The Good, the Alright and the Ugly

Local elections are often highly unpredictable. People say they’re fought on local issues and I’d agree with that – despite how this election campaign has been fought. I’m going to stick with that at least. It’s nice to be able… Continue Reading