Report: BCBC takes a £200k budget hit to support Parc Prison

  An Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting, due to be held later this week, will discuss the social services Bridgend Council (BCBC) provides to support Parc Prison (pdf). Parc Prison has just under 1,800 inmates (62 of which are young… 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

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

1,500 empty properties: What is BCBC doing?

The issue of empty home and business properties in Bridgend county – report here (pdf) – is due to be discussed by a Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday (21st March). As of December 2017, there were an estimated 1,233 empty private… 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

Bridgend Council launches bus service cuts consultation

  Back in September 2017, I wrote about proposed cuts to subsidised bus services in Bridgend county (Bus Routes & Public Toilets “Under Review” Again). Although BCBC’s Cabinet approved a public consultation, everything went quiet, which made me think the… 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

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

“First of its kind” advice service for PIP claimants set for Bridgend

Around 15,000 people in Bridgend county receive disability benefits, including Personal Independence Payment (PIP). PIP worth up to £141 a week and is expected to gradually replace Disability Living Allowance. It’s supposed to help with the costs of living associated… Continue Reading

Bridgend 2017: Key Issues Countywide

The next few posts will go over the key issues in Bridgend’s local election. This isn’t an unlimited list and I’m sure all of you have your own concerns you would want to raise with candidates yourselves. Today, I start… Continue Reading