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

Jennings Building & (Old) Coety Primary Plans Submitted

After being announced to great fanfare by Bridgend Council in March, formal plans have been submitted to regenerate the Grade II listed Jennings Building in Porthcawl Habour as part of the town’s wider regeneration plans. The building was primarily used… 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

Westminster 2015: Bridgend In Focus

With the 2015 House of Commons election campaign drawing to a close (at last!), it’s time to take a closer look at the two constituencies covering Bridgend county. Electoral History Created in 1983 from Ogmore and Aberavon constituencies. 1983-1987 –… Continue Reading

Bridgend’s “Sceptic Six” feel Labour’s banhammer

As you might remember, last month six Labour councillor were suspended after they voted against (or abstained on) a merger proposal between Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan (“Bridgevale”). The councillors appealed, but it appears Welsh Labour run disciplinary proceedings… Continue Reading

Lollipops, Balloons, Bayswater & Brackla Station

  Here’s a round up of the highlights from the monthly Bridgend Council cabinet meeting held earlier this week, and an update on the Brackla Station “project”. School crossing patrols set for review A review of school crossing patrols was… Continue Reading

Ratings, Redevelopments & Rebellions

Bridgend Council Rated Last week, the Welsh Government released the latest annual report (pdf) on the performance of Wales’ 22 local authorities. Caebrwyn has covered where Carmarthenshire stands, while Plaid Wrecsam has highlighted areas where Wrexham Council are under-performing. I… 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

School transport back on the agenda & more

Bridgend Council (BCBC) held their monthly cabinet and full council meetings earlier this week, so it’s worth tracking what was discussed and follow up on a few things I’ve covered previously. All the necessary information is contained here (pdf –… Continue Reading

Bridgend Council Budget 2014-15

Yesterday, Bridgend Council (BCBC) met to approve the authority’s budget for the coming financial year and next four years – or “Medium Term Financial Strategy” as they put it.All of the budget documents are available here. Tough Times Local government… Continue Reading

Reports, Holes, Libraries & Stars

BCBC Annual Report 2012-13 Bridgend Council’s annual report was recently released (pdf). It’s an admittedly heavy read and I only glanced through it, but it’s important as it outlines how the council is performing against their own and national benchmarks.… 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