Sunnyside “Wellness Village” development public consultation open

A public consultation is open to gauge opinion on the proposed “wellness village” development at BCBC’s former Sunnyside offices and the former Bridgend Magistrates Court off Glan-y-Parc in Bridgend. The consultation website is available here and any comments and observations… Continue Reading

Annual Report 2017-18: Bridgend Council “sees improvements”

Here’s a summary of some of the key findings from Bridgend Council’s Annual Report for 2017-18 (pdf). The report does warn that some of the indicators/statistics used to measure performance compared to other councils in Wales haven’t yet been published.… Continue Reading

£1.7million towards walking & cycling in Bridgend county

Bridgend Council has announced a number of walking and cycling schemes to be taken forward after being awarded £1.7million by the Welsh Government. The schemes that have been selected to go forward include: Completing the walking and cycling route between… 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

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