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

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 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

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

Porthcawl & Cornelly projects chosen for BCBC cash

Since 2016-17, BCBC has made £100,000 available each year for town & community councils to fund certain projects. The allocations for 2017-18 are to be discussed by BCBC’s cabinet next week (pdf). £20,000 went unspent in the previous year and… 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

Bridgend Conservatives hit by senior resignations

Update: 08/09/2017: Cllr. Ken Watts has since confirmed the three resignations were nothing to do with electrification (I’ve been told by several sources it was more to do with the 2017 General Election selection process – the “long-standing tensions” I… 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 – Porthcawl & Pyle

Following on from my look at county-wide issues and those in the Bridgend and Pencoed area, I move west to consider Porthcawl and the Pyle, Kenfig Hill and Cornelly areas. Another reminder of who’s standing where. 1. Porthcawl Regeneration Whither… Continue Reading

City Deal, Porthcawl Resort & Business Hub

  Bridgend Council (BCBC) and its cabinet will be meeting again this week to discuss various reports. Here’s another round-up and they’re all economy-themed this time. BCBC set to back City Region Deal As many of you probably already know,… Continue Reading

Bridgend run by hot air & more….

With the “excitement” of the elections dying down – and ahead of the Assembly reconvening – it’s time to turn attentions to some interesting items on the agenda for Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) monthly cabinet meeting tomorrow afternoon. Bridgend to test… 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