Bridgend Conservatives hit by senior resignations

Update: 08/09/2017: Cllr. Ken Watts has since confirmed the three resignations were nothing to do with electrification (I’ve been told by several sources it was more to do with the 2017 General Election selection process – the “long-standing tensions” I… Continue Reading

Bridgend Town & Community Council Election Results 2017

Last, but not least, it’s a look at the town and community council results in Bridgend (pdf), bringing my coverage of the 2017 local elections to a close. Community councillors are at the lowest rungs of the political ladder and… Continue Reading

Bridgend Council Election Results 2017

After the doorstopping, leaflet posting and Facebook rants, voters have elected a new Bridgend County Borough Council – the result is above. My“projection” wasn’t that far off in the end. Turnout was reportedly just under 40% – higher than 2012,… Continue Reading

Bridgend 2017: Party Policies & Prospects

My coverage of the 2017 local elections draws to a close with the most important post of all: What are the parties/groups promising to do for Bridgend? I’ll list some key policies each group are proposing (where applicable) and I’ll… Continue Reading

Bridgend 2017: Who’s standing where?

There are 39 wards in Bridgend and for the first time they’re all being contested, meaning nobody will be elected unopposed. The finalised list of candidates was released a few weeks ago, but instead of having to trawl through the… 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

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

Election 2016: Bridgend & Ogmore

With polling day just around the corner, it’s worth turning attentions to local constituencies. There’s little point in repeating what I said last year in terms of constituency profiles (Bridgend, Ogmore), so I’ll concentrate on the politics. Bridgend Candidates: Jaber… 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

Westminster 2015: Ogmore In Focus

Following yesterday’s look at the Bridgend constituency, it’s time to look at the second seat in Bridgend county – Ogmore. Electoral History Created in 1918 from Mid Glamorganshire and South Glamorganshire constituencies. 1918-1931 – Vernon Hartshore (Lab) 1931-1946 – Edward… 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

Controversial Garw Valley school plans submitted

As you might remember (School shake up planned for Garw Valley), Bridgend Council (BCBC) have put forward plans for a “two-schools, one site” campus in Betws, replacing Betws Primary – which was partially destroyed by fire in June 2012 –… Continue Reading