Latest news from Bridgend County Borough – 24 February 2022

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Clearing up after storms Eunice and Franklin

Crews attended several hundred incidents across the county borough over the weekend as the country was hit by storms Eunice and Franklin. Work is now underway on clearing away any remaining storm damage including fallen tree debris in Cornelly, damaged boundary signs at the A4093 White Bridge near Glynogwr and numerous buildings in Porthcawl, Bridgend town centre and Pyle.

 

Changes to school drop-off points announced

Changes to drop-off areas at three schools have been announced after they were closed for safety reasons in late November 2021. At Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen, the drop-off area will reopen with additional restrictions and control measures in place including the enforcement of exit points. Pencoed Primary School’s drop-off area will continue to be restricted while Brynmenyn Primary School will see the areas reopened to approved users only. The determination of an approved user will be via an application that will be communicated by the school. The changes will take effect following February half-term break.

 

Progress of Community Asset Transfer programme

The Town and Community Council Forum of Bridgend County Borough Council met last week to discuss a report outlining the progress of the Community Asset Transfer programme. So far, a total of eight sports pavilions and/or playing fields have been completed at seven separate locations. These transfers will be subject to self-management arrangements with community. The local authority has invested capital funding totalling £455,649 to enable refurbishment, pitch and drainage improvements to be undertaken, and pitch maintenance equipment to be purchased by community groups following the transfer or self-management of assets.

 

Drive-thru vaccination clinics

A ‘drive-thru’ Covid-19 vaccination clinic will be available at Ysbyty’r Seren on Bennett Street in Bridgend Industrial Estate next week (CF31 3SH). Open between 1.30pm-4pm from 21-25 February, the clinic is available for anyone aged 12+ who is due their first, second or third dose, or a booster. No appointment is necessary – visit the Cwm Taf University Morgannwg Health Board website for more details.

 

Vaccinations for five-to-eleven-year-olds

Children aged five-to-eleven in Bridgend County Borough will be able to receive Covid-19 vaccinations as part of the latest coronavirus measures introduced by Welsh Government. Following advice from the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation, Welsh Government Health and Social Services Minister Eluned Morgan has confirmed that the vaccinations will be offered to children aged five-to-eleven who are not considered to be at clinical risk. Designed to increase immunity within the age group in advance of any potential future waves of Covid-19, the move is also intended to enable children to benefit from as much time in school as possible. Parents and carers of children interested in taking up the vaccination offer are being advised to visit the Public Health Wales website for more information.

 

Covid Pass no longer needed

The latest changes to coronavirus restrictions mean that venues previously covered by the domestic Covid Pass regulations no longer need to restrict entry to vaccinated individuals, those who have a negative test or people who are medically exempt. From 28 February, adults and children aged 11 and over will also no longer be required to wear face coverings in most indoor places except for health and social care settings, all retail settings and public transport.

 

Don’t miss winter fuel support deadline

Eligible households who have not already been contacted by the council have until 28 February to apply for help to face rising energy bills as part of Welsh Government’s Household Support Fund. The fund, which is providing £51m of targeted support for families and the most vulnerable in society, is offering a £200 payment to each eligible household and additional applications can be made through the council’s ‘My Account’ facility.

 

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 www.bridgend.gov.uk.

 

Garden waste subscriptions open

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.

 

Consider a career in social care

Residents in Bridgend County Borough are being encouraged to ‘consider a career in social care’ as part of the council’s recruitment drive. The latest phase of the campaign, focuses on why choosing a career in social care is a strong and rewarding choice. A mix of videos, social media posts and graphics will introduce potential candidates to staff already working in the sector and their stories of building careers for life in social care. A full list of social care vacancies at Bridgend County Borough Council can be found on the local authority’s website.

 

One month left 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.

 

Funding advice day 2022

The Pencoed campus of Bridgend College will host a funding advice day on Friday 25 February between 10am-12noon. Featuring representatives from BAVO, Arts Council of Wales, Heritage Fund, Community Fund, Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Bridgend County Borough Council, Welsh Government and more, the event is designed to let people know about different sources of funding that are available. To find out more, call 01656 860034 or register to attend by emailing the office of chris.elmore.mp@parliament.uk

 

Give blood this March

Donor appointments are available on 8, 9, 21, 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.

 

Mobile testing arrangements

Free mobile testing for anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 remains available at the former Revlon site in Maesteg (CF34 9TS) from 9am-5pm and is open all week except Tuesdays. This site incorporates a drive-through testing facility, which must be booked in advance. Drive-through testing is also available at Coity and Litchard Community Centre (CF31 1PA) from 9am-5pm, and at the walk-through facility based at the Bowls Hall car park in Angel Street, Bridgend (CF31 4AH) which is available between 8am-8pm – booking for both of these sites is essential.

 

Apply for tenancy hardship grants

Tenants renting privately in Bridgend County Borough may be eligible for a Welsh Government grant aimed at helping those who have fallen behind on their rent due to Covid-19. The £10m grant was announced by Welsh Government earlier this year. To learn more about the grant and to check if you are eligible, visit the Welsh Government website. To make an application, please email housing@bridgend.gov.uk and include ‘THG Support Grant’ as the subject line of your email.