Pencoed Primary redevelopment & Rockwool expansion approved

The latest Development Control Committee meeting took place earlier this week, and here’s a summary of the key points. A webcast of the meeting is available here (link), though the sound quality is very poor (or maybe I’m going deaf).… Continue Reading

A-Levels 2018: Strong results, but behind the Welsh average

While the Class of 2018 has apparently produced Wales’ best-ever A-Level results, despite excellent individual and whole-school performances, the overall picture in Bridgend has seen pass rates in the top grades fall back again. Slightly worryingly, the fall in top… 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

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

Are council wards about to change in Bridgend?

There’s still a few weeks left to have your say on future reform councillors and council wards in Bridgend county. The Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales launched the consultation earlier this year and the deadline for submitting comments for… 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 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

Community Asset Transfer progress to be discussed by BCBC committee

  A Bridgend Council scrutiny committee will get a chance to quiz officers and cabinet members on their Community Asset Transfer policy later this week (pdf), including progress to date and possible future projects. Community Asset Transfer essentially means the… Continue Reading

School catchment area changes set to come in for 2019

Subject to Cabinet approval, some changes affecting school catchment areas could be coming in for Bridgend schoolchildren in time for the 2019-20 academic year (pdf). Broadlands: Maes yr Haul & Trelales Primary Due to over-subscription at Maes yr Haul Primary,… 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

Call for Bridgend taxi fare increase & more

(Pic : National Rail Enquiries) Here’s another round-up of some of the key items on the agenda for Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) cabinet and full council this week. Taxi drivers demand fare increases (pdf) BCBC is responsible for setting maximum taxi… Continue Reading

Bridgend 2017: Key Issues – Bridgend & Pencoed

Having looked at county-wide issues previously, it’s time to look at some of the more localised issues, starting with the Bridgend town and Pencoed areas. Here’s a reminder of who’s standing where. 1. Turning around Bridgend Town Centre Bridgend Pedestrianisation… 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

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

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

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

Talbot Green plans submitted and two major Bridgend developments

Talbot Green New Town Centre The formal outline planning application for this new development near Y Pant Comprehensive, promising up to 2,000 jobs, has been submitted to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. The first phase will involve the construction of a… Continue Reading