Live From Angel Street – March Planning Committee

  The latest Bridgend Council (BCBC) webcast returns to the Development Control Committee, and monthly meeting held on Thursday (March 31st). You can watch it here. Two agenda items were worth flagging up.First up were proposals from Persimmon for 108… 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

Carwyn’s Six Point Plan for Bridgend Town Centre

Following the launch of a Conservative-backed petition on de-pedestrianising part of Bridgend town centre, the debate over the town centre’s future continues unabated in the letters section of the Glamorgan Gazette. Little of consequence has been said so far. However,… 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: 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

Bridgend’s “Sceptic Six” feel Labour’s banhammer

As you might remember, last month six Labour councillor were suspended after they voted against (or abstained on) a merger proposal between Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan (“Bridgevale”). The councillors appealed, but it appears Welsh Labour run disciplinary proceedings… Continue Reading

Lollipops, Balloons, Bayswater & Brackla Station

  Here’s a round up of the highlights from the monthly Bridgend Council cabinet meeting held earlier this week, and an update on the Brackla Station “project”. School crossing patrols set for review A review of school crossing patrols was… Continue Reading

Ratings, Redevelopments & Rebellions

Bridgend Council Rated Last week, the Welsh Government released the latest annual report (pdf) on the performance of Wales’ 22 local authorities. Caebrwyn has covered where Carmarthenshire stands, while Plaid Wrecsam has highlighted areas where Wrexham Council are under-performing. I… 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’s Cabinet Expansion & Cuts Consultation

  Bridgend Council’s cabinet currently consists of five full members and a deputy – reportedly the smallest local authority cabinet in Wales: Cllr. Mel Nott (Lab, Sarn) – Council Leader Cllr. David Sage (Lab, Brackla) – Deputy Leader Cllr. Mike… Continue Reading