Discussions underway on Porthcawl’s future

Drop-in ‘placemaking’ sessions are taking place this week to showcase how Porthcawl might look in the future. Members of the public are considering plans such as modern multi-storey parking at Hillsboro Place, new landscaping and pedestrianisation along the Eastern Promenade, the creation of new plazas and much more. Sessions will take place at the Grand Pavilion between 9am-5pm tonight (Wednesday) and on Thursday 25 November between 9am-8pm.


Look out for new fraud scam

Businesses and residents in Bridgend County Borough are being urged to remain alert for an increasingly popular new scam where criminals will place orders for goods and services using slightly altered details for contact, invoicing and delivery which are designed to look as authentic as possible. The warning comes after Rhondda Cynon Taf council and housing association Cartrefi Cymru thwarted an attempted £320,000 bank mandate fraud. Bridgend County Borough Council is reminding businesses that all authentic emails from the authority will originate from a ‘@bridgend.gov.uk’ email address. If businesses suspect that any quotation request sent by email or a subsequent purchase order may not be genuine, they should contact procurementteam@bridgend.gov.uk to double-check.


Swimming pools celebrate anniversary

Pencoed and Pyle swimming pools are celebrating 40 years of service this November by offering discounted memberships. The pools, now run by Halo Leisure, both opened in 1981 and have spent four decades helping people live active lives. Thanks to investment in modern technology and facilities, the pools are more accessible than ever. To learn more about the celebratory offers available, visit the Halo Leisure website.


Bridgend Santa Trails sells out

The free Santa Trail taking place in Bridgend town centre on 27 November is set to be a big success after tickets for the event sold out in just a few days. The event is being organised by Bridgend County Borough Council in partnership with EPM Creative, and includes financial contributions from Bridgend Town Council.


Christmas deal apps launched

As part of its support for local traders this Christmas, Bridgend County Borough Council is encouraging shoppers to download the We Love app in Porthcawl, Maesteg and Bridgend. The Bridgend Digital Christmas website features a range of offers, vouchers, discount codes and more, including competitions and a chance to win personalised messages from Santa.


Dealing with winter weather

The council has published its annual Winter Maintenance Plan outlining how the authority will keep roads open and traffic moving during cold and severe weather. With more than 790km of highway within the county borough, the plan identifies priority routes and outlines secondary roads which are dealt with once the main highways network has been treated. The council stores up to 4,500 tonnes of salt and plans ahead using remote weather stations, ice sensors and specific weather forecasts from MeteoGroup. Find out more by visiting the winter weather page at www.bridgend.gov.uk


Have your say on new primary school

Members of the public are to be asked to voice their opinions on plans for an all-new primary school and nursery in Kenfig Hill. Bridgend County Borough Council wants to deliver a £10.2m two-form entry school and a 75-place nursery on the site of the former Mynydd Cynffig junior school by 2025. Public consultations will be held on 30 November and 7 December in the infants hall at Mynydd Cynffig at 4pm-5pm and 5.15pm-6.15pm. To register your attendance, email michelle.smith@bridgend.gov.uk or call 01656 815135.


Views wanted from parents and carers

The Cwm Taf Morgannwg Early Years Transformation Board is seeking views from parents and carers of children aged up to seven about the support they have received at different stages of their child’s life. Part of a Welsh Government programme to trial new ways of improving early years support, you can complete the survey online and find out more at the Cwm Taf website.


Nominate your local heroes

The Mayor of Bridgend County Borough is asking residents to put forward nominations of individuals, groups and businesses who may be worthy of a Citizenship Award. Organised by the council, the awards are open to people who live in the county borough, as well as local groups and businesses. Nominations can be completed online and must be submitted by Friday 7 January 2022.


Apply for energy bill help

Welsh Government has announced that households on low incomes will soon be able to claim a one-off £100 cash payment to help pay their energy bills this winter. The payment for each eligible household will be available to all energy customers regardless of whether they pay for their fuel on a pre-payment or a credit meter. Within Bridgend County Borough, individuals who qualify for this support can apply for the grant between 13 December 2021 and 18 February 2022 – more details on how to apply will follow.


Consultation on Pencoed plans

Residents and businesses in Pencoed are being asked for views on £17m proposals for rebuilding the Penprysg road bridge to accommodate two-way traffic, creating a safe active travel bridge and closing down the current level crossing. You can complete the consultation online or request an alternative format by emailing consultation@bridgend.gov.uk, calling 01656 643664 or writing to Communications, Marketing and Engagement, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4WB. You can also attend a drop-in session on 3 December (Pencoed Library, 10am-12pm).


Still time to claim sports funding

Sports clubs and organisations who want to develop their services have until 30 November to apply for Sports Support Funding from the council. The £75,000 fund provides grants for equipment purchases, training opportunities and potential match-funding to support other initiatives as well as supporting sports clubs looking to develop facilities under the local authority’s Community Asset Transfer Programme. More details are available by emailing guy.smith@bridgend.gov.uk.


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. Please note that on Saturday 13 November, this mobile testing facility will close at 3pm. 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


Save lives – donate blood

With Christmas approaching, the Welsh Blood Service is seeking donors and aims to have at least seven days of each blood type in stock to help people in need across Wales. Appointments are available in Bridgend County Borough at the Heronston Hotel on 25-26 November and you can book online – please note that anyone who has recently received a Covid-19 vaccination must wait seven days before making a blood donation.


Careers in care

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