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

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

Are council wards about to change in Bridgend?

There’s still a few weeks left to have your say on future reform councillors and council wards in Bridgend county. The Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales launched the consultation earlier this year and the deadline for submitting comments for… Continue Reading

Councillors asked to commit £2.3million towards Cardiff City Region

On Wednesday, BCBC councillors will be asked to vote to approve the business plan for the Cardiff Capital City Region as well as the first major tranche of money (pdf). The city region is a jointly-governed body made up of… Continue Reading

1,500 empty properties: What is BCBC doing?

The issue of empty home and business properties in Bridgend county – report here (pdf) – is due to be discussed by a Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday (21st March). As of December 2017, there were an estimated 1,233 empty private… Continue Reading

Controversial Tondu housing development decision made & more

Here’s a summary of the key points from the March 2018 meeting of Bridgend Council’s planning committee (webcast – here). The main item on the agenda was a contested development at Tondu (pdf), proposed to include: Up to 450 homes.… Continue Reading

BCBC Cabinet outlines position on Special Needs reforms

  As the local education authority, Bridgend Council will be responsible for implementing the Additional Learning Needs Act 2018 (more information here) – a law passed by the Senedd earlier this year aimed at improving the rights, planning and services… Continue Reading

Councillors updated on town centre regeneration progress

Next Monday (12th February), a BCBC Scrutiny Committee will meet to discuss progress on town centre regeneration(pdf). Here’s a run down of the key points from the report by general theme. Car Parking A review of the BCBC staff and… Continue Reading

Bridgend Council launches bus service cuts consultation

  Back in September 2017, I wrote about proposed cuts to subsidised bus services in Bridgend county (Bus Routes & Public Toilets “Under Review” Again). Although BCBC’s Cabinet approved a public consultation, everything went quiet, which made me think the… Continue Reading