How has the Councillor Community Fund been used?

In 2017-18, Bridgend Council set up a £285,000 fund which would enable councillors to spend up to £5,000 on projects that would benefit their respective wards. BCBC’s Audit Committee will discuss what’s been done with the fund to date (pdf).… Continue Reading

Future of public toilets in Bridgend to be decided next week

Following the decision to cut bus subsidies (though some were given a last-minute reprieve – more here), BCBC’s Cabinet is to decide on the future of public toilets in Bridgend county next week (pdf). New duties will be placed on… 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

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

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

Bridgend Summer Playscheme Details 2017

(Pic: Bridgend & Porthcawl Gem) Bridgend’s schools started their summer holidays this week. That means 6 weeks of children complaining that they’re bored, parents trying to find childcare….alongside me struggling for ideas for articles. Summer playschemes have always seemed popular… Continue Reading

Bridgend 2017: Key Issues – Llynfi, Garw & Ogmore

My final look at the some of local elections issues in Bridgend county goes north of the M4 to take in the Llynfi, Garw and Ogmore valleys. My look at Bridgend and Pencoed is here, and my look at Porthcawl… Continue Reading

Bridgend eyesore to go, Labour purge & more

Here’s another round up of some of the stories in Bridgend recently. Former McDonald’s to be redeveloped? Having stood vacant for around a decade, one of the worst eyesores in Bridgend town centre – the former McDonald’s/Burger Master on Nolton… Continue Reading

Maesteg Market, New Leader & More

Here’s another round up of some of the major talking points in Bridgend, including reports from the monthly Bridgend Council (BCBC) cabinet and full council meetings, as well as a rare discussion in the National Assembly. Maesteg Indoor Market To… Continue Reading

More details of Bridgend “Cultural Trust” revealed

As you can probably tell, the election’s the only game in town at the moment. I’m sure many of you are as bored with that as I am but it means it’ll probably be quiet on here for a few… 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

Bridgend on the Move

Draft Local Transport Plan Unveiled The Welsh Government issued guidance to local authorities earlier this year to prepare local transport plans (LTPs) for 2015-2030. Bridgend’s draft LTP was discussed at the cabinet meeting yesterday (p99-192). The plans have to support… Continue Reading

Reports, Holes, Libraries & Stars

BCBC Annual Report 2012-13 Bridgend Council’s annual report was recently released (pdf). It’s an admittedly heavy read and I only glanced through it, but it’s important as it outlines how the council is performing against their own and national benchmarks.… Continue Reading