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Temporary delay to some waste and recycling collections

Due to a number of Kier staff having to self-isolate, recycling in the Porthcawl area has not been collected today.  Kier will now collect this tomorrow. Any communal recycling bins in the Brackla and Bridgend area that have not been completed today will be fully cleared tomorrow. The council and Kier are keeping the situation under regular review, and every effort is being made to keep inconvenience to an absolute minimum. For the latest council news and announcements, follow us on social media at Twitter and Facebook

 

Bar customers warned of potential exposure to Covid-19

Cwm Taf Morgannwg’s Test, Trace and Protect Service has been contacting people who visited the Eden Bar and Lounge in Bridgend on Saturday July 10 following positive coronavirus tests for several people who were at the premises that day. If you have been identified as a contact, the service will be in touch shortly to provide you with further advice and guidance. Any customers who visited Eden on Market Street, Bridgend on that date and who is either already showing or developing symptoms such as a high temperature, persistent cough or change in their sense of taste or smell should avoid visiting a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Instead, self-isolate immediately along with any other members of the household, and book a test online at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. For more details or for information around mobile testing, visit the council website.

 

Cabinet to hear update on Pencoed road bridge and level crossing plans
Cabinet will be provided with an update next week on studies into the potential closure of the Pencoed level crossing and a new replacement Penprysg Road Bridge. At the meeting on Tuesday 20 July, cabinet members will be asked to delegate authority to the Corporate Director for Communities to undertake a full public and stakeholder consultation on the scheme, which also includes an active travel bridge, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to cross from one side to the other. Traffic congestion is a long-standing issue in Pencoed, particularly on the road around the level crossing on Hendre Road when the barrier is down to allow rail services to pass through –  and at Penprysg Road Bridge, which restricts flow to allow for one-way passage over the bridge in either direction.

 

Enjoy the coast safely

With hot weather forecast over the weekend, and into next week, visitors to the coast of Bridgend County Borough are reminded that lifeguard patrols are in place at Trecco Bay, Sandy Bay / Coney Beach and Rest Bay between 10am-6pm up until 5 September. Only swim between red and yellow flags on lifeguard-patrolled beaches, and if you get into trouble, lay on your back in the ‘Float To Live’ position instead of thrashing about. Anyone who spots a swimmer in trouble should call 999 or 112 in an emergency and ask for the Coastguard. For more details, visit the RNLI website.

 

School pupil’s poster centre stage in anti-littering campaign

A pupil at Abercerdin Primary School has designed a poster which will be at the forefront of a new anti-littering campaign. Jessica created the winning design as part of the Our Valley…Love It, Don’t Trash It!’ project. The design contrasts two scenes – a greener environment with a more polluted world, next to the title ‘Help me breathe’. Three schools took part in the project which ended in June – Abercerdin, Nantymoel Primary School and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Calon y Cymoedd. The project is a joint collaboration between Bridgend County Borough Council, Keep Wales Tidy and Ogmore Valley Community Council, together with Nature Quest.

The ‘Love It, Don’t Trash It!’ campaign which first began in Porthcawl in 2019 has been moving across the county, with schools in Brackla, Cornelly, Pyle, Kenfig Hill and Cefn Cribwr, having all recently been involved.

 

Over 82,000 people in the county borough now fully vaccinated

Almost 186,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been given to people in the county borough with over 82,000 in the area now fully vaccinated. Latest figures from Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board show that all adults (ages 18 and over) in the area have now at least been offered a first dose appointment. More than 89 per cent of adults within the health board’s catchment area have already had their first dose and it is anticipated that the 75 per cent milestone for fully vaccinated adults will be achieved by the end of this week. The health board says it remains committed that no one is left behind, and is encouraging more under-40s to come forward for their first dose.

 

Walk-in clinics for people who have not yet had their first dose

Anyone who has not yet had their first dose can walk into a Covid-19 Community Vaccination Centre and have it done there and then. With no prior booking required, the walk-in appointments are available at the majority of community vaccination centres within the Cwm Taf Morgannwg region. Anyone who wishes to take advantage of the first dose walk-in appointment will need to bring along a form of ID such as a passport, drivers licence or a utility bill for proof of address. This includes Ravens Court in Bridgend town centre (CF31 4AP) where the walk-in appointments will be available between 9.15am-4.30pm, Monday to Sunday. Bookings for second-dose appointments are continuing and will run alongside the walk-in vaccinations as normal.                         

 

Work to begin on Pencoed active travel route second phase

Work on the second phase of an active travel route in the Pencoed area is set to start next week. As part of the £580,000 scheme, existing networks in Pencoed will be connected at Felindre Road with the installation of a three-metre wide footway/cycleway. The network will also be connected to Ty Merchant and Penprysg and will see a new footway/cycleway created on both sides of Penybont Road, a new toucan crossing to the west of Ty Merchant, and cycle ‘wheeling ramps’ installed on the footbridge that connects Ty Merchant over the railway. Carriageway resurfacing will also take place along Penybont Road.  Work will begin on Monday 19 July and last for around 13 weeks. While work is underway, temporary traffic lights will be in place to ensure the safety of those working on site, and every effort will be made to minimise disruption and inconvenience. For more details, visit the council website.

 

Six chandeliers from Maesteg Town Hall seeking new home

As part of the £8.2m repair, restoration and extension currently underway on Maesteg Town Hall, six chandeliers are seeking a new home. The brass and glass chandeliers were installed in the main hall during the 1970s and are now being offered to community groups or anyone who could utilise them. In order to achieve the correct lighting levels in the main hall new, modernised lighting will replace the chandeliers. Please note, the light fixtures are very delicate, especially the glass bowls and the electrical connections are likely to need new fixings. Anyone wishing to enquire about the chandeliers can email regeneration@bridgend.gov.uk.

 

Latest arrangements for mobile testing

Free testing for Covid-19 is available at the site of the former Revlon (Cosi) factory at Oakwood Drive in Maesteg (CF34 9TS) where it is operating as a drive-through facility between 9am-6pm. A walk-through testing centre also remains available at the Bowls Hall car park in Angel Street, Bridgend (CF31 4AH) between 2pm-8pm for people with symptoms. To use either of the sites, you must book an appointment by visiting the Welsh Government website or by calling 119. If you have hearing or speech difficulties, you can call 18001119 to arrange an appointment.

 

Still time to comment on development masterplan

Public consultation on a draft masterplan which will be used to decide what kinds of development can take place between now and 2033 will remain open until Tuesday 27 July. The Replacement Local Development Plan sets out how land can be used and which parts of the county borough will be maintained as open space or designated for residential, employment, retail, waste, mineral development, community and tourism purposes. You can find out more on how to take part at the council website, and copies of the plan are also available to inspect at local libraries.

 

Waste contract proposals involve plans for ‘greener’ vehicles

Proposals to extend the waste contract in the county borough with Kier for two to three years will go before a scrutiny meeting on Monday 19 July. The proposed extension is intended to ensure that the county borough can retain an efficient recycling and waste service while plans are finalised for the introduction of a new seven-year contract featuring environmentally friendly ‘green’ powered vehicles. The current seven-year contract, which began in 2017, made significant changes to the council’s waste management service. This resulted in the county borough’s recycling rate rising from being one of the lowest in Wales to becoming the second highest. An extension to the contract would enable additional time for vehicle trials used in waste and recycling collection operations and assessment around the impact of further policy direction and recycling targets, once Welsh Government publishes its guidance for local authorities.

Changes to electoral ward boundaries

Changes to electoral ward boundaries within the county borough are to be made in time for the 2022 local elections. Following the completion of a review by the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales, Minister for Finance and Local Government Rebecca Evans has confirmed that the number of wards is to reduce from 39 to 28. The number of local members will also decrease from 54 to 51, with each member representing an average of 2,096 electors. The biggest boundary changes will be made in Brackla and Porthcawl, and will need to be reflected in both Brackla Community Council and Porthcawl Town Council. Nine existing wards – Aberkenfig, Blackmill, Llangynwyd, Maesteg East, Maesteg West Nant-y-moel, Ogmore Vale, Oldcastle and Pen-y-fai – will remain as they are. The rest will all feature changes in either name, size or the number of elected representatives. To read the boundary review report in full, visit the Welsh Government website.

 

Latest changes to pandemic rules

A number of changes in pandemic restrictions will take effect in Wales from tomorrow (17 July) following the latest review by Welsh Government. Face coverings will remain a legal requirement in all indoor public places and on public transport, but educational and hospitality settings will be exempt. There will no longer be a limit on the number of people gathering outdoors, and up to six people will be able to meet indoors. Outdoor premises and events will have greater flexibility around physical distancing, and organised indoor events will be able to take place for up to 1,000 people if seated and 200 people if standing. From 19 July, adults who have been fully vaccinated and children aged under 18 who are returning from amber-list countries will no longer need to self-isolate, although official advice remains to avoid unnecessary travel and to holiday at home this year.

 

Did you miss the EU deadline?

People who missed the 30 July deadline for applying to continue to live and work in the UK can still submit an application as long as they have a reasonable excuse for not already having done so. The Home Office has published online guidance over what they consider to be reasonable grounds for missing the deadline as well as details on how to submit an application. The scheme, which is part of the UK’s new post-Brexit immigration system, offers citizens of the 27 EU member states, as well as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, the right to keep living and working in the UK as they did when the country was part of the EU. Free, independent and confidential support on applying for settled or pre-settled status is available from a wide range of organisations, and vulnerable residents can access help with their applications by visiting the EUSS support webpage.

 

Help save lives – donate blood

Blood donation sessions will take place at the Heronston Hotel on 27 and 28 July. You can find out how to take part at the Welsh Blood Service website.                                                                               

 

Applications invited for heritage support

The second round of the Steps to Sustainability programme is open for applications. Designed to support the heritage sector in Wales, organisations can apply for seed and match funding grants from the National Lottery Heritage Fund of up to £10,000 to develop new income-generating ideas. The project is led and managed by the Social Enterprise Academy Wales in partnership with the Wales Co-operative Centre – find out more by visiting the Steps to Sustainability website.

 

Free car parking until August

Don’t forget that free car parking at several council-maintained town centre car parks remains available until the end of August. Drivers can park for free for up to three hours at the Rhiw multi-storey car park in Bridgend, and between noon and 3pm at the John Street car park in Porthcawl. Free parking also remains available at the Llynfi Road multi-storey in Maesteg and at the Penprysg Road car park in Pencoed.