Flying the flag for beautiful green spaces

Bridgend County Borough is celebrating after scooping an impressive nine Green Flag awards. Maesteg Welfare Park, Wilderness Lake in Porthcawl, Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve, Bryngarw Country Park, Coychurch Crematorium and Glanrhyd Hospital all earned full Green Flag status. Caerau Market Garden, the Spirit of Llynfi Woodlands and Tremains Wood all received Community Awards. Delivered by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, the awards recognise parks and open spaces which offer high environmental standards and excellent visitor facilities, and which demonstrate a commitment towards providing excellent green public space. A full list of winners can be found at the Keep Wales Tidy website.

Advice on inaccurate test results

Following recent news that a lab in England has suspended testing after some people received incorrect Covid-19 test results, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has advised that anyone affected by this will receive a text message. If the test was taken in the last 10 days, they will be asked to rebook the test. If they still have symptoms, they should isolate until the new results are known. Inform your contacts if you have been affected by this issue, and let them know that if they have symptoms, they will need to get tested too. You can rebook a test by calling 119 or visiting the Welsh Government website.

Grants to restore historic buildings

Cadw is inviting applications for its Historic Building Maintenance and Repair Capital Grant Programme 2021-22. Designed to support the maintenance and repair of historic community assets such as village and community halls, institutes, libraries, war memorials and places of worship that are open for wider community use, the grants can be used to fund 75 per cent of eligible work up to a maximum of £15,000 per property. Terms and conditions apply – you can find out more by visiting the Cadw website.

Secondary school applications open on Monday

Parents, guardians and carers of primary school children who are currently in Year Six are set to be invited to apply for secondary school places using an online form. The form is available in the ‘My Account’ section of the council’s website, which you can sign up to simply by providing a valid email address. Applications open at 10am on 18 October and must be submitted by 4pm on 21 January 2022. For more information, visit www.bridgend.gov.uk/schooladmissions

Plans for ‘placemaking’ in Porthcawl

Final preparations are underway for a new public consultation over proposals for regenerating the waterfront area of Porthcawl. Organised in line with the Placemaking Wales Charter, the consultation will call upon organisations, businesses and communities to work closely in order to deliver sustainable regeneration and development. The charter seeks to prioritise the use of walking, cycling and public transport, and to make places vibrant by delivering a sustainable mix of uses while valuing and respecting a location’s positive distinctive qualities and identity. Details on how to take part will be launched next month.

Active travel toolkit launched

A new toolkit has been launched to support efforts to encourage parents, carers and guardians to find alternative ways of getting children to and from school. The Cross-Party Group on the Active Travel Act at the Senedd has published the toolkit to encourage more walking and cycling as an alternative to using cars for short journeys. Bridgend County Borough Council has already invested £3m into active travel routes this year, and actively encourages alternative ways of travelling such as walking, cycling or scooting. As well as supporting healthier lifestyles, cutting down on car usage has benefits for the environment, and helps to avoid congestion and parking issues as well. Copies of the toolkit are available online in English and Welsh.

‘Ask Angela’ for safety reassurance

The Bridgend Community Safety Partnership is reminding anyone who feels unsafe, threatened or vulnerable while on a night out at a pub or nightclub in Bridgend County Borough that they can approach the venue staff and ‘ask for Angela’ – a discrete coded phrase that will let staff know you need help. Depending on the situation, staff can reunite you with someone you trust, help you leave by taxi or call police or security personnel for support. The scheme has been successfully trialled at venues in England and is being rolled out across the UK.

Overnight road closures begin next week

The junction between the A48 Pyle Road and Heol Mostyn is set to receive a new road surface to complement recently installed traffic lights and a dedicated turning lane. To minimise disruption and ensure that the junction can still be used during the day, the resurfacing work has been scheduled to take place overnight from 18-22 October between 7.45pm and 6am. Between these hours, the A48 Pyle Road / Heol Mostyn junction will be closed to all traffic, and a temporary alternative route will be set up via the junction between Heol Mostyn and Marshfield Avenue. While the road closure is in place, a weight restriction along Marshfield Avenue that normally prevents heavy goods vehicles from using the road to access the industrial estate will be temporarily lifted.

Final stage for Nolton Street resurfacing

The second of two all-day road closures will take place in Nolton Street between 8am-5pm on Sunday 17 October. The street will be closed from its junction with Court Road to the junction with Brackla Street. While the one-way section between Cowbridge Road and Brackla Street will remain open to traffic, some temporary delays could be possible. An alternative route will be in place during the works, which form part of the council’s £2.7m highways improvement programme.

Your booster queries answered

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has published a series of answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus booster programme. The FAQs, which are available on the health board’s website, are designed to clear up confusion over why the booster vaccinations are necessary, how they can be accessed and more.

Vaccine advice line for 12-15s

An exclusive help line is available to 12-15 year olds and their parents or guardians seeking to access all of the details they require ahead of deciding whether to take up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccine. To use the service, simply fill in the online form on the health board’s website and a member of their team will get back to you. Nearly 30 per cent of 12-15 year olds within the Cwm Taf Morgannwg region have been vaccinated with appointment letters still being issued to those in this age group.

Mobile testing arrangements

Free mobile testing for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 remains available at the former Revlon site in Maesteg (CF34 9TS) from 9am to 5pm all week, including Saturday and Sunday. This site incorporates both a drive-through testing facility, which must be booked in advance, and a walk-in option where no booking is required. 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. You can arrange appointments by visiting the Welsh Government website or by calling 119 (18001119 for people with hearing or speech difficulties).

Jobs available within school catering

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.

Budget consultation – have your say

This year’s budget consultation considers a longer-term vision for the county borough and covers a range of areas including investment in schools, regeneration projects, council tax levels, car park fees, how best to support local business, tourism and the economy, and more. Fill in the survey online before 14 November or order a hard copy by emailing consultation, calling 01656643664 or writing to Consultation and Engagement, Civic Offices, Angel Street Bridgend, CF31 4WB.

Join the cleaner streets team

Vacancies are available to join the council’s Cleaner Streets team with roles ranging from general cleansing operatives to sweeper drivers. Anyone who is interested in finding out more can visit the Pertemps Agency for further details.

Wanted – more people to work in social care

The council, Welsh Government and Social Care Wales have launched a new video encouraging more people to work in the social care sector. The WeCare Wales website features jobs across Wales, and you can find out more on Twitter or Facebook. Local roles are available across areas such as home care, reablement, young people’s services and more. Visit the council website or the authority’s Facebook and Twitter pages to find out more.