A-Levels 2018: Strong results, but behind the Welsh average

While the Class of 2018 has apparently produced Wales’ best-ever A-Level results, despite excellent individual and whole-school performances, the overall picture in Bridgend has seen pass rates in the top grades fall back again. Slightly worryingly, the fall in top… 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

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

What’s the outlook for Bridgend’s economy?

  Officers and cabinet members will provide a comprehensive update to a Bridgend Council Scrutiny Committee later this week on the current and future state of Bridgend’s economy (pdf). Here’s a summary of the report’s analysis: The current state of… Continue Reading

“Superhub” to bring protection services under one roof

Bridgend is set to establish a “hub” for services protecting vulnerable children and adults (pdf). The aim of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) – which will be based in offices on Bridgend Industrial Estate – is to share information between… Continue Reading

Year-round residential care for disabled children set to launch

BCBC’s Corporate Parenting Committee (the committee responsible for care, adoptions, looked-after-children) are due to discuss year-round care for disabled children on Wednesday (18th October). According to the report (pdf) until this year there’s been no provision for year-round residential care… 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

School catchment area changes set to come in for 2019

Subject to Cabinet approval, some changes affecting school catchment areas could be coming in for Bridgend schoolchildren in time for the 2019-20 academic year (pdf). Broadlands: Maes yr Haul & Trelales Primary Due to over-subscription at Maes yr Haul Primary,… Continue Reading

Council plans next round of school modernisation

Following on from recent posts, also up for discussion by BCBC’s Cabinet next week are initial proposals for the next round of school modernisations and replacements (“Band B”), scheduled to take place between 2019-2024 (pdf). Officers have shortlisted schemes within… 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

Bus Routes & Public Toilets “Under Review” (Again)

Amongst the items on the agenda at next week’s Bridgend Council Cabinet meeting are proposals to make possible cuts to bus services totalling £188,000 (pdf). Local authorities subsidise bus routes that are deemed “commercially unviable”. In 2017-18 this support totalled… Continue Reading

Bridgend Summer Playscheme Details 2017

(Pic: Bridgend & Porthcawl Gem) Bridgend’s schools started their summer holidays this week. That means 6 weeks of children complaining that they’re bored, parents trying to find childcare….alongside me struggling for ideas for articles. Summer playschemes have always seemed popular… Continue Reading

City Deal, Porthcawl Resort & Business Hub

  Bridgend Council (BCBC) and its cabinet will be meeting again this week to discuss various reports. Here’s another round-up and they’re all economy-themed this time. BCBC set to back City Region Deal As many of you probably already know,… Continue Reading