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

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

Margam Mine Restoration Called-In?

                                                                                                                    (Pic: BBC Wales) Update 9th June 2016: According to a BCBC officer at… Continue Reading

Son of a Beech: Parc Slip Update

There were further – perhaps significant – developments on the Parc Slip opencast mine saga over the last fortnight, with Bridgend Council’s Planning Committee provided with an update by officers ahead of their meeting on Thursday (15th October) – which… Continue Reading

Ratings, Redevelopments & Rebellions

Bridgend Council Rated Last week, the Welsh Government released the latest annual report (pdf) on the performance of Wales’ 22 local authorities. Caebrwyn has covered where Carmarthenshire stands, while Plaid Wrecsam has highlighted areas where Wrexham Council are under-performing. I… Continue Reading