Report: BCBC takes a £200k budget hit to support Parc Prison

  An Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting, due to be held later this week, will discuss the social services Bridgend Council (BCBC) provides to support Parc Prison (pdf). Parc Prison has just under 1,800 inmates (62 of which are young… 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

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

BCBC Cabinet outlines position on Special Needs reforms

  As the local education authority, Bridgend Council will be responsible for implementing the Additional Learning Needs Act 2018 (more information here) – a law passed by the Senedd earlier this year aimed at improving the rights, planning and services… 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

What’s the outlook for Bridgend’s economy?

  Officers and cabinet members will provide a comprehensive update to a Bridgend Council Scrutiny Committee later this week on the current and future state of Bridgend’s economy (pdf). Here’s a summary of the report’s analysis: The current state of… Continue Reading

Councillors to be updated on children’s care remodelling

  Bridgend Council is currently undertaking a remodelling of children’s residential care and will give a scrutiny committee an update this morning (pdf). At present, BCBC has two residential children’s home – Newbridge House and Sunnybank. There are no serious… 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

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

Council could keep Ravens Court after failure to let

  The state of Bridgend Council’s (BCBC) property portfolio is up for discussion at a Corporate Scrutiny Committee meeting later this morning (pdf) and, as usual, there’s some good news and bad news. The good news is that BCBC’s asset… Continue Reading