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

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

Live From Angel Street: Budget Debate 2016-17

As promised, I return to Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) budget for 2016-17 (more detail here), which was discussed and debated by full council yesterday afternoon – the first full council webcast since webcasting was introduced. You can watch the whole thing… 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

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

Pencoed Primary “Call-In” & Mr Urdd yn ddod i Benybont

Committee “Calls In” Pencoed Special Needs Decision Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) cabinet recently proposed changes to special needs provision at Pencoed Primary School. A replacement school is due to be built in the next few years following a merger with Heol-y-Cyw… 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 school “traffic lights” & Councillor leaves Labour

Last week, the Welsh Government unveiled the first school rankings using a new “traffic light” system, which replaces the old system of school bandings.It ranks primary and secondary school in order to determine which schools are out-performing or under-performing compared… Continue Reading

Bridgend Election Predictions 2012 – Part Two

  Following on from part one yesterday, for this second half, I’m concentrating on wards in the Bridgend constituency – covering the southern half of the borough, including: Porthcawl, Bridgend town itself and the Pyle area. Incumbent councillors are in… Continue Reading