New school attendance strategy set for approval

  It’s perceived wisdom that there’s a link between attending school and doing better – though this ignores all the other complicated explanations for how children perform at school like poverty, mental & physical health, bullying, intelligence/natural ability and the… 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

Decision due on bus subsidy cuts (Update: Decision Made)

Next week, Bridgend Council’s Cabinet will discuss controversial proposals to make a £188,000 cut to supported bus routes, with the results of a public consultation now revealed (pdf). Here’s a reminder of the bus routes which will be affected if… Continue Reading

Six options shortlisted for Bridgend Sixth Form future

As you may be aware, BCBC is undertaking a review of post-16 education (sixth forms) at schools across the county. More detailed work has now been undertaken and will be discussed by Cabinet this afternoon (pdf). That detailed work included… 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

BCBC Cabinet outlines position on Special Needs reforms

  As the local education authority, Bridgend Council will be responsible for implementing the Additional Learning Needs Act 2018 (more information here) – a law passed by the Senedd earlier this year aimed at improving the rights, planning and services… 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

Porthcawl & Cornelly projects chosen for BCBC cash

Since 2016-17, BCBC has made £100,000 available each year for town & community councils to fund certain projects. The allocations for 2017-18 are to be discussed by BCBC’s cabinet next week (pdf). £20,000 went unspent in the previous year and… 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