Latest news from Bridgend County Borough – 10 March

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Solidarity with Ukraine

Following the recent vigil held in Bridgend town centre to mark the county borough’s support and solidarity for the people of Ukraine, a second externally-organised event will take place at Maesteg Market Square on Saturday 12 March at 10am. The event will be led by local members of the clergy and all are welcome to attend.


Seafront park proposals approved

A seafront park is set to be created in Porthcawl following the approval of a new Placemaking Strategy that will provide a framework for how the next phases of regeneration will take place. Expected to be almost as large as two football pitches laid back-to-back, the new seafront park will run for 200 metres along the eastern esplanade and will be approximately 70 metres wide. It is being provided by reducing the amount of land marked for housing at Salt Lake by a third and is in direct response to feedback received through recent public consultation which indicated that a desire for more green, open space.

Cabinet updated on air quality plan

A report presented to Cabinet this week detailed work carried out by the local authority and Shared Regulatory Services on an action plan to improve air quality along Park Street, Bridgend. Air quality modelling indicates that, if mitigation measures are implemented, compliance with the nitrogen dioxide objectives could be achieved by the end of 2023. The public will have the chance to have their say on any measures in the coming months.


New school admissions policy for 2023-24

A new school admissions policy has been agreed by Cabinet for 2023/24. Bridgend County Borough Council is required to annually publish an admissions policy and guidance on the admission arrangements for its schools. The new school admissions policy will be available shortly on the council’s school admission page website.

Wellbeing consultation launched

A consultation has been launched to help understand what matters most, in terms of wellbeing, for people and communities in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg area. Residents are asked in the survey for their views on some key issues from the assessment about cultural, economic, environmental, and social well-being including housing and homelessness, physical and mental health and community well-being and safety. A link to the consultation survey can be found on the local authority’s website here.

Programme for female founders

Female business founders in the county borough are being offered a free accelerator programme which aims to take their business to a new level. The programme, launched by Radikl, is fully funded by the UK Government’s Community renewal Fund and offers 40 free places to businesswomen and non-binary business owners in Bridgend a fully online learning tool designed to take ambitious individuals through a combination of powerful, practical lessons and workshops. The programme begins on 14 March 2022. For more information and to apply for a free space, visit the Radikl website.


Free business school coming to Bridgend

Award-winning Rebel Business School will be delivering their popular course at Halo Life Centre from the 21-25 March. The free course, which is part of the local authority’s Elevate and Prosper project, will help local start-ups throughout the county borough to get their ideas off the ground and existing businesses to grow. A free place on the course can be booked on the Rebel Business School website.

Register for garden waste collections

Residents in Bridgend County Borough can now register for the council’s garden waste collection service. The local authority’s waste partner Kier is also offering a chance for 100 lucky residents to win a free subscription – simply sign up online for collections and winners will be contacted in March. Garden waste is collected every two weeks and collections will run from 14 March 2022 until 18 November 2022. Until the end of March 2022, costs are set at £38.91 per household, £34.85 for pensioners and additional sacks at £5.08. To sign up, visit the Recycle for Bridgend website.

Health board launch vaccination survey

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board are asking people to take part on a survey which focuses on experiences of both the flu and Covid-19 vaccination programmes in the region. The survey is open to any individual aged 16+ and the health board are particularly interested in hearing the opinions of parents and carers of children aged 2-3, and adults aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions. The survey can be taken in both English and Welsh.


Deadline approaching for full-time nursery admissions

The deadline for submitting an application for full-time nursery in September 2022 expires at 4pm on Friday 25 March, with notifications due by 16 May. People interested in part-time nursery places in January or April 2023 have until 4pm on Friday 27 August to apply, and will be notified by 31 October. To apply sign up for the free My Account service at the council’s website.


Give blood this March

Donor appointments are available on 21 and 30 March with the Welsh Blood Service at the Heronston Hotel. To find out more or volunteer, simply book online – please note that anyone who has recently received a Covid-19 vaccination must wait seven days before making a blood donation.


Jobs available in catering services

The Catering Services team is urgently looking for cooks, senior dining room assistants, assistant cooks, general kitchen assistants and more to help prepare and serve meals for children at local schools. With benefits ranging from flexible term-time working hours to a staff pension scheme, the Catering Services team offers excellent rates of pay such as £9.50 an hour for a general kitchen assistant. Find out more by visiting the jobs pages at