£1.7million towards walking & cycling in Bridgend county

Bridgend Council has announced a number of walking and cycling schemes to be taken forward after being awarded £1.7million by the Welsh Government. The schemes that have been selected to go forward include: Completing the walking and cycling route between… Continue Reading

Maesteg Town Hall redevelopment plans submitted

In the last few days, the formal planning application for a multi-million-pound redevelopment of Maesteg Town Hall was lodged with Bridgend Council (here). The project is expected to cost up to £6million. In January 2018, there were doubts as to… Continue Reading

Committee to be updated on rubbish collections performance

It’s one of the most controversial policies of this Bridgend Council term, but members of a Scrutiny Committee will have another chance to query the performance of the new waste and recycling contract with Kier this morning (pdf). Here’s a… Continue Reading

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

Confirmed: Bridgend to switch health boards in 2019

Following a public consultation the Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething AM (Lab, Cardiff South & Penarth), has announced today that Bridgend county will be changing health boards. From April 1st 2019, health services in Bridgend will be run by Cwm Taf… Continue Reading

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

New school attendance strategy set for approval

  It’s perceived wisdom that there’s a link between attending school and doing better – though this ignores all the other complicated explanations for how children perform at school like poverty, mental & physical health, bullying, intelligence/natural ability and the… 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

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

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

Consultation launched on changing Bridgend’s health board

The Welsh Government have launched a public consultation on whether to move Bridgend’s health services from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg (ABMU) health board (which currently covers Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea) to the Cwm Taf health board (which currently covers… Continue Reading

Council plans next round of school modernisation

Following on from recent posts, also up for discussion by BCBC’s Cabinet next week are initial proposals for the next round of school modernisations and replacements (“Band B”), scheduled to take place between 2019-2024 (pdf). Officers have shortlisted schemes within… Continue Reading