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

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

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

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

Live From Angel St. – October Planning Committee

The monthly meeting of Bridgend Council’s Development Control Committee was held yesterday afternoon. As usual, the webcast is available here. Today, I’ve decided to focus on two significant planning applications in the Bryntirion and Llangewydd areas of Bridgend town.The Committee… 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

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

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