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

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

Controversial Tondu housing development decision made & more

Here’s a summary of the key points from the March 2018 meeting of Bridgend Council’s planning committee (webcast – here). The main item on the agenda was a contested development at Tondu (pdf), proposed to include: Up to 450 homes.… Continue Reading

Live From Angel Street: Full Council, February 2018

The monthly full council meeting took place on February 28th. It was webcast (available here) and lasts for just under 3 hours. Here are the highlights, starting with the most important agenda item – the budget. Bridgend Council Budget 2018-19… Continue Reading

Councillors updated on town centre regeneration progress

Next Monday (12th February), a BCBC Scrutiny Committee will meet to discuss progress on town centre regeneration(pdf). Here’s a run down of the key points from the report by general theme. Car Parking A review of the BCBC staff and… Continue Reading

What councillors said about Bridgend’s economic prospects

As promised, I return to the report earlier this week on the current and future state of Bridgend’s economy. Tomorrow I’m going to have another report on how town centre regeneration is progressing. The economy report was discussed by a… 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

Consultation launched on changing Bridgend’s health board

The Welsh Government have launched a public consultation on whether to move Bridgend’s health services from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg (ABMU) health board (which currently covers Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea) to the Cwm Taf health board (which currently covers… Continue Reading

Rubbish Collections Report: What did councillors have to say?

As promised, I return to the report into the new recycling/waste contract with Kier. The broad conclusion was that the scheme is working, despite failures in specific areas. The overwhelming reaction to that piece was 😂, which tells me Bridgend… Continue Reading

Bus Routes & Public Toilets “Under Review” (Again)

Amongst the items on the agenda at next week’s Bridgend Council Cabinet meeting are proposals to make possible cuts to bus services totalling £188,000 (pdf). Local authorities subsidise bus routes that are deemed “commercially unviable”. In 2017-18 this support totalled… Continue Reading

Rhiw free parking trial to get go ahead & more

(Pic: Wales Online) Here’s a round-up of some of the items on the agenda for Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) cabinet and full council meetings next week. Obviously, the big local talking point at the moment is the rubbish collections, particularly missed… 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