Bridgend County Borough news round-up, 13 September 2022

Tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Following the announcement from Buckingham Palace on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom has entered a period of national mourning, which will be in place between now and the day after her funeral.

As a sign of respect, flags at the Civic Offices have been flown at half-mast. They were raised to mark the proclamation of the accession of the new monarch, but have now returned to half-mast until the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II has taken place. There are several events taking place across Bridgend County Borough to mark the passing.

 

Book of condolences

A book of condolences is currently open to sign at Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend (CF31 4WB).

From Monday 12 September to Thursday 15 September, you will be able to sign the book of condolences between 8.30am-5pm, on Friday 16 September between 8.30am and 4pm and on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September, between 10am and 4pm. If you would like to send an online message of condolence, please visit the Royal Family website.

 

Floral tributes

Floral tributes can be left under the flags at Civic Offices and will be removed after Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. Please leave flowers unwrapped with no cellophane or paper.

 

Proclamation

The Royal Proclamation ceremony took place on Sunday 11 September 2022 at 1:30pm outside the Civic Offices where the new monarch, His Majesty King Charles III, was officially announced by the Mayor, Cllr Martyn Jones.

Find out more about the proclamation of Accession of King Charles III.

 

Waste and Recycling update- All collections next week to be a day late

Out of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, there will be no waste and recycling collections on 19 September, the day of her funeral. Community recycling centres will also be closed.

All collections for that week will be a day later than normal, up to and including Saturday 24 September.

 

Blue refuse sacks and green food waste recycling bag deliveries

Bridgend County Borough Council’s partners at Kier had five crews out over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday delivering outstanding refuse sacks and food waste recycling bags in the Bryntirion and Broadlands areas.

Deliveries are also taking place in areas of Maesteg, Caerau and Nantyffyllon into the middle of this week, with completion expected this week.

 

Bridgend Job Fair to take place this week

Dozens of employers and local organisations will be attending the upcoming Bridgend Jobs Fair to offer a whole host of job vacancies. The free event is returning to the Bowls Hall at Bridgend Life Centre, Angel Street (CF31 4AH) on Thursday 15 September between 9.30am and 2.30pm.

Organised by the council’s Employability Bridgend team in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, both organisations will be on hand to offer advice and support on a range of work, training, and volunteering opportunities.

Visit our website to find out more about Bridgend Jobs Fair.

 

Road Closure reminder: Sarn Interchange

Overnight road closures will be in place on the Sarn interchange for carriageway resurfacing works from the 12 to 30 September, between the hours of 11pm and 5am. Local diversions will be in place.

During this time, access to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet village including KFC, Harvester and Premier Inn will be via the Pen-Y-Cae roundabout only.

The roads affected include:

  • A4061 bridge over M4 (North and southbound)
  • A4061 Sarn roundabout (North and southbound)

 

These works form part of the council’s highways improvement programme which is seeing roads across the county borough undergo necessary resurfacing, repair and improvements.

Please note that separate diversions will be in operation according to which section of the interchange is being resurfaced (northbound / southbound) – please look carefully at advanced signage provided on approach to the works.

 

Council’s Cabinet to discuss discretionary grant funding proposals

At their next meeting, Cabinet Members will discuss proposals on how funding will be allocated to support those most impacted by the cost-of-living crisis.

The authority has been allocated just over £1.2m from Welsh Government to provide financial support to households to help ease the burden of the current cost-of-living.

The council will decide on the details of its discretionary support fund, which will be allocated to all eligible households. The proposed discretionary scheme is aimed at those households

deemed at greatest risk of experiencing poverty during the cost-of-living crisis.

The council is urging residents not to contact them by telephone or email until the scheme has been approved following next week’s Cabinet meeting. If you need to get in touch with the council once the scheme has been launched, please email: col@bridgend.gov.uk or call 01656 643643. Further information is available on our website.

 

Funding boost helps Halo Leisure to expand the Feel Good for Life programme

Halo Leisure, in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council, the Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, and Awen Libraries would like to thank the National Lottery players in helping people with living with dementia, loneliness and depression enjoy more opportunities to get physically and socially active.

Having successfully applied for just over £380,000 funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, Halo Leisure plans to expand the Feel Good for Life programme.

The programme includes swimming, keep-fit, and sports hall activities like Curling, Pétanque, or table-tennis, followed by socialising and reminiscence sessions, held at both Bridgend and Ogmore Valley Life Centres.

 

Advice for retailers of e-cigarettes and nicotine-containing e-liquids

The Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency are reminding all retailers to make sure that any e-cigarette and e-liquid products they sell are compliant with current regulations.

Retailers are advised to make sure that the labels on their products fulfil all requirements, whilst also checking the maximum strength and volume of their products.

More detailed information is available on the Government’s web page.