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

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 2017: How have Bridgend Council performed?

  As you probably all know by now, on June 8th we’ll have a snap UK General Election….if/when the House of Commons votes for one tomorrow. I won’t come back to it until after the local elections are well out… Continue Reading

Delay to bin changes confirmed & more

Here’s another monthly update of some of the reports to be discussed by Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) cabinet and full council later this week. Controversial New Waste Collection Service Delayed (pdf) As you probably all already know, the introduction of the… Continue Reading

Bridgend set to scrap child burial fees & more

Here’s another round-up of some of the items of the agenda for Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) cabinet at their meeting tomorrow. In addition, BCBC councillors are expected to pass the 2017-18 budget (details here) on Wednesday (1st March). For those of… Continue Reading

Bridgend Budget 2017-18

Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) budget – the final one before the local elections in May – is to be discussed by the cabinet tomorrow, with the council due to vote on it at a later date. The General Picture (pdf) The… Continue Reading