New STEAM Academy opens in Pencoed

Bridgend College has officially opened its new STEAM Academy, a state of the art facility designed to support students studying science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Based at the Pencoed campus, the STEAM Academy has been funded by Welsh Government through the 21st Century Schools and Colleges Programme which aims to transform the learning experience of students by ensuring they are taught in classrooms and workshops that feature modern technologies and facilities which reflect a 21st Century curriculum. The academy also offers evening and weekend adult learning as well as café and conference facilities, a multi-purpose lecture hall and more.


Gold award for Afon-y-Felin Primary

Afon-y-Felin Primary in Cornelly has become the first school in Bridgend County Borough to achieve a gold award from Cymraeg Campus, a campaign which seeks to increase the use of Welsh by pupils, staff and the wider community. In achieving the award, the school undertook work such as collaborating with Ysgol Calon y Cymoedd and the first children’s laureate, Eloise Williams, to discuss and review books in Welsh. During lockdown, pupils created a ‘Padlet’ as part of Welsh Government’s target to create one million Welsh speakers by 2050, and established an entirely Welsh section of the school. They have also set up sessions to teach parents a number of useful Welsh phrases.


Extra funding for social care

Welsh Government has confirmed that it is to provide an extra £40m for social care across Wales in recognition of pressure across the health and social care system and on hospital beds. Welcoming the news, the leader and Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) Health and Social Care Spokesperson, Cllr Huw David said: “Throughout the pandemic and in the face of immense challenges, our incredible social care staff have gone above and beyond to provide vital care and support to those living in our communities. The announcement of this additional funding by Welsh Government recognises some of the challenges being experienced across the social care system, and we thank ministers for listening to our calls.”


Providing care in partnership

Bridgend County Borough Council and Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board are working together to ease pressure on vital social care services for vulnerable residents by sharing resources. Under the scheme, more fully qualified health board staff will work alongside the council’s social care team to provide help and support to people within their own homes. Designed to increase service capacity and maintain safe, timely and efficient health and social care services for those in need, the partnership will also ease pressure on hospital beds and free up further resources for acutely ill patients.


Could you be a foster carer?

More foster parents are needed to help local children receive care and support within the area. To find out more about local authority fostering in Bridgend County Borough, visit the Foster Wales website.

Weather-hit roadworks at Pyle to continue

Planned overnight works to improve the entrance to Village Farm Industrial Estate in Pyle will continue on 25 October between 7.45pm-6am. The junction between the A48 Pyle Road and Heol Mostyn requires a new road surface to complement recently installed traffic lights and a dedicated turning lane. Between these hours, the A48 Pyle Road / Heol Mostyn junction will be closed to all traffic with a temporary alternative route available via Marshfield Avenue.

Porthcawl regeneration moves to next stage

To safeguard future phases of the Porthcawl Regeneration, a series of compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) have been issued on small parcels of land located in and around Sandy Bay and Coney Beach. Full details can be accessed online at the council website and also in hardcopy at Porthcawl Library in Church Place, Porthcawl (CF36 3AG). The compulsory purchases do not affect residential addresses in the area, but the council is writing to properties immediately surrounding the sites to ensure that householders are aware. Anyone who wants to comment or register an objection to the CPOs can do so by writing to or Planning Inspectorate Wales, Specialist Case Work, Government Building, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF103NQ by 12 November 2021.


Food share support for local families launched at Ogmore Vale Primary School

Ogmore Vale Primary has launched a food share project to support families struggling to make ends meet. Working alongside non-profit organisation FareShare, the project redistributes bags of unused food from restaurants and supermarkets. Parents can pre-order a bag for £3 and collect it from the school. Every week, the service redistributes more than 200kg of food, which is enough to provide a large bag of food for up to 24 families. Following its success, plans are in place to expand the scheme.


RSPCA awards success

The Shared Regulatory Service (SRS) covering Bridgend County Borough has scooped gold, silver and bronze awards at the 2021 RSPCA PawPrints initiative. The awards recognise achievements in stray dog services, contingency planning, housing policy, animal activity licensing and kennelled dog welfare. The SRS was awarded Gold in the Stray Dogs category, Silver in the Animal Activity Licensing category and Bronze in the Kennelled Dogs category.                                                                                  


Warning for rogue traders

Bridgend County Borough Council has issued a warning to rogue traders after the annual report of the Shared Regulatory Service (SRS) highlighted a series of successful prosecutions during 2020-21. In one case, four elderly residents paid out £30,000 for roofing which was entirely unnecessary. The defendant was sentenced to 40 months in custody while his victims pursue compensation through a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing. In another case, a rogue builder was handed a suspended two-year jail term after pleading guilty to one count under the Fraud Act 2006 and to six counts of engaging in misleading commercial practices under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. For more information in recognising the signs of a rogue trader, visit the SRS website.


Council publishes annual report

Bridgend County Borough Council has published new details on the authority’s performance for 2020-21. The Annual Report outlines the council’s progress in meeting its commitments for delivering the well-being objectives laid out in its Corporate Plan and the Well-Being of Future Generations Act, and the success measures used as part of this process. You can read the report online at the council website.


Consultation planned for new Mynydd Cynffig primary school

Public consultation is being organised over plans that will create all-new premises and a new nursery for Mynydd Cynffig Primary School in Kenfig Hill. The plans seek to develop a £10.2m two-form entry school and a 75-place nursery on the site of the former junior school by 2025. With funding for the project provided from Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme and the council’s own capital investment, it forms an important part of the local authority’s ongoing school modernisation agenda.


Want to represent your local community?

Virtual sessions will take place at 6.30pm on 18 and 25 November for potential candidates in the 2022 local government elections. The sessions will outline the role of a councillor, the functions of the council, how to become a councillor and more. Anyone interested in attending one of these sessions can email indicating which session you would prefer to attend. To find out more about becoming a councillor, please visit the council website.


Booster programme update

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board have confirmed that more than 55,000 people across the region have now received their Covid-19 booster vaccination. In Bridgend County Borough, care home residents have all received a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot, and the booster programme is currently targeting frontline health and social care staff and vulnerable people who are aged 75 and over.


Vaccinations for pregnant women

Pregnant women are being encouraged to make sure they receive the coronavirus vaccine. The call follows a warning that the majority of pregnant women receiving hospital treatment for Covid-19 have not yet been vaccinated. For more details, visit the NHS Wales website.


Vaccine advice line for 12-15s

An exclusive help line is available to 12-15 year olds and their parents or guardians who need more details about the 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.


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 to 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.

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, calling 01656643664 or writing to Consultation and Engagement, Civic Offices, Angel Street Bridgend, CF31 4WB.


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.