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Latest news from Bridgend County Borough

Spa hotel among new Porthcawl proposals

Following well-attended drop-in sessions held earlier this week, new artist impressions have been released to illustrate how an all-new luxury spa waterfront hotel could look on Porthcawl’s seafront. The hotel is one of several potential regeneration opportunities the council is showcasing as part of a consultation over the future of Porthcawl. Display panels are set to be installed at Cosy Corner to highlight prospective improvements, and you can  also view them online at the council’s regeneration page and send your feedback to

Council supports White Ribbon Day

Councillors from all parties and groups came together this week to take a stand against domestic violence as part of White Ribbon Day 2021. Members and staff had their photographs taken wearing white ribbons, and signed a new national pledge to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. Visit the White Ribbon Day website for more details.

New social care job fairs

Hundreds of job vacancies will be on offer at two social care job fairs next week. Supported by Employability Bridgend, the events in Porthcawl and the Ogmore Valley form part of Bridgend County Borough Council’s social care recruitment drive. The first jobs fair will take place on Monday 29 November between 10am-1pm at the Hi-Tide in Porthcawl, and the second will be on Tuesday 30 November between 12pm-3pm at the Ogmore Valley Life Centre. Each fair will feature hundreds of jobs as well as support and guidance for anyone who is interested in working in the social care sector. Enquiries from drivers and non-drivers are welcome.

Warning after recycling fire

Residents are being reminded not to dispose of highly flammable items with kerbside waste and collections after a discarded power bank, an old drill and a battery pack triggered a small fire inside a recycling truck. Batteries can be recycled from the kerbside if placed within a clear plastic bag, and small electrical items will be collected if placed alongside regular household recycling containers. For more information on recycling in Bridgend County Borough, visit the council’s website.                        


Seasonal garden waste service ends

The seasonal garden waste collection service has now finished for the year. Despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a 24 per cent increase was recorded in the number of households registering for the service – up from 5,133 last year to 6,381 – and more than 1,300 tonnes of garden waste was collected for composting. With the 2022 service set to begin in March next year, registrations will open from 1 December, and existing users will receive a letter from contractors Kier containing full details. Kier will also offer free service for the year to 100 randomly selected residents who sign up online – look out for more details soon.


Helping to clean up the county borough

The council and Keep Wales Tidy are working together to support hundreds of local volunteers who want to help keep their communities clean and litter free. With litter picking hubs already at Porthcawl, Pencoed, Pyle and Caerau and five more under development, volunteers are receiving guidance, health and safety training and equipment ranging from litter picker claws, hi-vis vests, bin bags, hoops and more. If you would like to find out how you can take part, visit the Keep Wales Tidy website.


Voice your opinion on new primary school

Members of the public are to be asked to have their say 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 or call 01656 815135.


New app offers vouchers and discounts

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.                                                               


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.


Mayor’s Citizenship Awards open for nominations

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.


Get help with your energy bill

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.


Pencoed plans consultation

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 the current level crossing. You can complete the consultation online or request an alternative format by emailing, 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).


Last chance to claim sports funding

Sports clubs and organisations who want to develop their services have until next Tuesday 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


Careers in care

Ever considered a career in social care? Watch a new video, visit the WeCare Wales website, follow WeCare Wales on Twitter or Facebook or visit the council website.                                               


Advisors sought to help inform policy

Welsh Government is seeking to recruit people of all ages, backgrounds and experiences to be part of a board that will advise Wales’ Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, and help influence future economic policy. Members of the new Economic Policy Ministerial Advisory Board will be involved in reviewing the work that needs to be done to move Wales’ economy forward, and to find new and innovative ways to deliver for Wales. For more information on how to get involved, visit the Welsh Government website.


Employment workshops for autistic people

Autism Wales will host workshops on 3 December offering autistic people practical knowledge and skills for finding the right job and career. Covering issues such as communicating needs to an employer and maintaining mental health within the workplace, you can find out more or register to attend the event, by visiting the Autism Wales website.


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.                                                  


Jobs available in catering services

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. Continuous support is available as well as on-the-job training, and there are plenty of opportunities to study for further qualifications while working. Find out more by visiting the jobs pages at

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