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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bridgend 2017: Key Issues – Bridgend & Pencoed

Having looked at county-wide issues previously, it’s time to look at some of the more localised issues, starting with the Bridgend town and Pencoed areas. Here’s a reminder of who’s standing where. 1. Turning around Bridgend Town Centre Bridgend Pedestrianisation… Continue Reading

De-Pedestrianisation Update & Bin Police

  Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) Cabinet meet next week to discuss a new round of reports, including a significant move towards opening  Bridgend town centre to traffic, flood management, praise for libraries and proposals for a“Bin Police” to enforce the two… Continue Reading

Bridgend eyesore to go, Labour purge & more

Here’s another round up of some of the stories in Bridgend recently. Former McDonald’s to be redeveloped? Having stood vacant for around a decade, one of the worst eyesores in Bridgend town centre – the former McDonald’s/Burger Master on Nolton… Continue Reading

Bridgend Pedestrianisation Report Released

As reported in this week’s Glamorgan Gazette, Bridgend Council are to discuss a much-anticipated report from Capita on the potential part de-pedestrianisation of Bridgend town centre (pdf). I’m going to guess none of you are going to want to go… Continue Reading

Bridgend run by hot air & more….

With the “excitement” of the elections dying down – and ahead of the Assembly reconvening – it’s time to turn attentions to some interesting items on the agenda for Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) monthly cabinet meeting tomorrow afternoon. Bridgend to test… Continue Reading

Carwyn’s Six Point Plan for Bridgend Town Centre

Following the launch of a Conservative-backed petition on de-pedestrianising part of Bridgend town centre, the debate over the town centre’s future continues unabated in the letters section of the Glamorgan Gazette. Little of consequence has been said so far. However,… Continue Reading

Pedestrianisation Petition & Heritage Hub Plans

As you might remember, a few days ago I mentioned a petition organised by Suzy Davies AM (Con, South Wales West) and 2016 Assembly Conservative candidate for Bridgend, George Jabbour, on pedestrianisation in Bridgend town centre. Last week they launched… Continue Reading

Firefighters Sacked, By-Election Update & Pedestrianisation

I start in the Ogmore Valley, where a serious row has broken out – as covered on the front page of this week’s Glamorgan Gazette – over changes to the terms and conditions for retained fire fighters based at Ogmore… Continue Reading

Bridgend Public Toilets Earmarked for Closure

As you might remember, earlier this year Bridgend Council (BCBC) undertook a public consultation on the future of council-run public toilets in the county (Consult At Your Convenience). At Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, cabinet members will discuss the results of the… Continue Reading

Bridgend on the Move

Draft Local Transport Plan Unveiled The Welsh Government issued guidance to local authorities earlier this year to prepare local transport plans (LTPs) for 2015-2030. Bridgend’s draft LTP was discussed at the cabinet meeting yesterday (p99-192). The plans have to support… Continue Reading