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

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

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

Live From Angel Street – January Planning Committee

It’s been a long time coming but, at long last, Bridgend Council (BCBC) have begun the live streaming and recording of council meetings (Camera Shy). Those who deserve the credit include long-standing campaigners for webcasting, Plaid Cymru town councillor and… 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

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