Latest News from Bridgend County Borough Council – 10 December 2022

Council investment ensures play areas are inclusive for local children

Four children’s play areas in the county borough have benefitted from either new play equipment or repairs to existing facilities as part of a £500k investment.

All the refurbishments include new, inclusive equipment that allows all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to be active.

The play areas which have benefitted from the latest refurbishments include:

  • Adare Street, Ogmore Vale
  • Heol y Goedwig, Porthcawl
  • New Street Play Area, Oak Street, Aberkenfig
  • Tondu Post Office Play Area, Maesteg Road, Tondu


Inclusive roundabouts have been installed at both the New Street and Tondu Post Office play areas, whilst an inclusive mountain multi-play unit has been fitted at Heol y Goedwig, Porthcawl. All the facilities are suitable for wheelchair access.

For more details on the new playground equipment, please visit the website.


Have your say: Improving the approach to Direct Payments

If you’re in receipt of direct payments for social care, Bridgend County Borough Council would like to hear from you on:

  • Monday 12 December, 12.45pm – 2.45pm and 4.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Hi-Tide Inn, Mackworth Road, Porthcawl, CF36 5BT

The sessions will include a presentation of improvements to the use of Direct Payments, which is one of the ways in which Social Services teams help people to get the social care and support their needs. The themes of the sessions include:

  • How to promote Direct Payments
  • Applying for Direct Payments
  • Developing the local workforce
  • How to manage and support Direct Payments
  • Learning and Development

To book your place, please contact:


Come and help at Cwm Taf Nature Network’s Christmas community litter pick and scrub bash at Frog Pond wood

Residents are invited to attend a Christmas community litter pick and scrub bash, as part of the Cwm Taf Nature Network.

The drop-in session will be held between 10am and 4pm on 16 December at Frog Pond Wood, Village Farm Meadow Industrial Estate, Pyle.

The activity is suitable for anyone who is aged 14 and over. Coffee, tea and mince pies will be available on the day.

Please were waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear. Gloves, tools and training will be provided.

For more information contact

Please visit the website for more details on the Cwm Taf Nature Network.


All welcome at Coychurch Crematorium’s Christmas Service

Coychurch Crematorium is holding its annual Christmas Service on Thursday 15 December at 7pm.

The Lewis Merthyr Band from Porth will be on hand to perform some festive tunes, in what will be a fitting opportunity to remember loved ones, whilst getting into the Christmas spirit.

Complimentary mince pies & wine will be served at the end of the service.


Have your say in Childcare Sufficiency Assessment consultation

All local authorities in Wales are legally required to complete a Childcare Sufficiency Assessment (CSA) as a statutory duty of the Childcare Act 2006.

The assessment supports Bridgend County Borough Council to better understand parents/carers’ use of childcare, the overall supply of childcare in the county and any additional factors that may impact on the demand of childcare over the next five years.

As well as establishing a baseline of provision, the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment will enable local authorities to measure the nature and extent of the need for, and supply of, childcare in the county borough; identify gaps in the market, and plan how to support the market to address them.

The consultation is due to close on 16 December.

Please visit the website to have your say on the Childcare Sufficiency Assessment. 


‘Pupil well-being is at the heart of Afon-Y-Felin Primary School’ according to latest inspection report

Afon-Y-Felin Primary School in North Cornelly has been praised by schools’ inspection body Estyn for creating positive working environments for both pupils and staff.

Inspectors found that pupil well-being is at the heart of the school, with pupils telling inspectors that the school is a calm and caring place where they feel safe and able to speak to staff if they feel worried or anxious.

The report also highlighted that many pupils, including those with additional learning needs, make good use of the wide range of learning experiences on offer and make good progress in most areas of learning.

In line with usual practice, Estyn included several recommendations for the school to focus on and the school will address these recommendations through its school development plan.

For more information on Afon-Y-Felin’s inspection, please visit the website.


Give blood and save lives

A new mother who received a lifesaving blood transfusion during childbirth is encouraging communities across Wales to give ‘the best gift’ this Christmas by supporting the Welsh Blood Service.

Stacey Fordham Gray, a former blood donor herself, experienced complications during the birth of her daughter Millie and received a lifesaving blood transfusion.

“Without donors’ generosity, I would not have been here to celebrate Millie’s first birthday. I will forever be grateful to that complete stranger who selflessly donated their blood and saved my life.”

Can you help?

Welsh Blood Service need more people from the Bridgend area to sign up as donors to help patients across Wales.

Appointments are available in Bridgend at the Heronston Hotel (CF35 5AW) on:

  • 12, 21 and 28 December

Please be advised that if you have recently had a Covid-19 vaccination, then you must wait two days before making a blood donation.


Book your appointment to help save lives today.