Financial support for Covid-hit businesses
Welsh Government has confirmed that £120m funding will be made available for retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism business affected by the move to alert level two. Businesses who pay non-domestic rates will be entitles to a payment of £2,000, £4,000 or £6,000 depending on their rateable value. Registration will open via the local authority’s website from the week commencing 10 January 2022.
Digital Christmas campaign hailed a success
Bridgend County Borough Council are celebrating the success of their festive Digital Christmas campaign. Launched in November, the campaign aimed to entice shoppers to Bridgend, Maesteg and Porthcawl town centres with a range of deals and offers. Businesses have hailed the campaign a success after the website attracted over 1,500 visitors per day and the apps were downloaded over 1,400 times.
Work to being on active travel route
The next phase of an active travel route which will link Coychurch and Bridgend will get underway on 6 January 2022. The project, which is expected to take up to 12 weeks to complete, will focus on Cowbridge Road West to Brackla Street and will include upgrading traffic signals, widening pavements and resurfacing. Keep an eye out for further details which will be announced soon.
Popular cycle track to close temporarily
A section of cycle track in Ogmore Vale will be closed in January while essential works are carried out. The work, which will see the installation of a new sewer to alleviate potential flood risk, is expected to be completed by the end of April 2022. A stretch of the track will remain closed for the duration of the works.
Supporting the homeless this Christmas
Bridgend County Borough Council will continue to work closely with partners this Christmas to ensure full support is provided to anyone who is homeless or who finds themselves at risk of becoming homeless. For support, please contact the local authority on 01656 643643 or visit www.bridgend.gov.uk. If you are concerned about someone you have seen sleeping rough, please use the StreetLink app or website.
Grant for start-up businesses
Economically inactive, unemployed individuals and young people not in education can now apply for a grant of up to £2,000 to help overcome barriers to starting a business. The grant will come as part of a package of support that will include one-to-one advice and webinars to build confidence in business practices and develop plans for starting a business. For information about eligibility and how to apply, visit the Barriers to Start-up Grant website.
Recycling centre opening times
Recycling centres at Brynmenyn, Tythegston and Maesteg will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, and open on all other days as normal between 9am-4pm.
Covid-19 restrictions updated
A range of measures intended to fight the spread of Covid-19 will begin on 26 December. Two-metre social-distancing will be necessary in public places and a maximum of six people can gather in regulated premises such as cinemas, theatres, restaurants, cafes and other hospitality venues. A maximum of 30 people can gather for an indoor event, while outdoor events can be attended by up to 50 people. Up to 50 people can also gather to watch team sports, and there is an exception for children’s events.
Vaccinations at Ravens Court
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has confirmed that due to staff shortages at the Ravens Court vaccination centre, booster appointments between 8pm-10pm have been cancelled. Instead, anyone who has been offered a booster appointment after 8pm is being asked to attend the centre at any time between 8am–7.30pm on the same day of their appointment, and to bring your letter / text detailing the cancelled slot. For more information, visit the health board website.
Don’t miss your booster jab
To support the roll-out of the booster vaccination programme and ensure that 166,000 people across the Cwm Taf region can all receive a jab by 31 December, residents are being urged to accept the first appointment they are offered, even if it is on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Receiving the booster remains vital for improving levels of protection against the fast-moving Omicron strain, and will help to keep the entire community safe.
Christmas at the council
Bridgend County Borough Council has confirmed what its opening hours will be over the Christmas and New Year period. Council services will be available 8.30am-5pm on most days except for 8.30am-3pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The council will also be closed on Monday 27 – Tuesday 28 December 2021 and Monday 3 January 2022.
Disposing of coronavirus waste
If someone in your home is showing coronavirus symptoms, please double-bag any used tissues, kitchen roll or wipes and set them aside for 72 hours before placing them in blue waste bags. Please avoid placing them in recycling containers or public litter bins in order to keep residents and collection crews safe.
Give blood this Christmas
The Welsh Blood Service is seeking donors. Appointments are available in Bridgend County Borough at the Heronston Hotel on 24 and 30 December 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.
Christmas recycling and waste collections
Recycling and waste collections have been confirmed for the 2021-22 festive period. All collections will continue as usual up to and including Christmas Eve, then from Monday 27 – Thursday 30 December they will be one day later than your normal. Waste that is due to be collected on Friday 31 December will be picked up on Sunday 2 January, and normal services will resume again on Monday 3 January. Instead of the usual two-bag limit, households will be able to put out an extra bag of waste for the first refuse collection after Christmas Day. With no limit to the amount of recycling that can be put out, cardboard may be collected using a separate vehicle.
Have your say on Pencoed proposals
There is still time to have your say 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. Complete the consultation online by 30 January or request an alternative format by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 01656 643664 or writing to Communications, Marketing and Engagement, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4WB.
Careers in care
Nominate your 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.
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. 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 www.bridgend.gov.uk.
Apply for tenancy hardship grants
Tenants renting privately in Bridgend County Borough may be eligible for a Welsh Government grant aimed at helping those who have fallen behind on their rent due to Covid-19. The £10m grant was announced by Welsh Government earlier this year. To learn more about the grant and to check if you are eligible, visit the Welsh Government website. To make an application, please email email@example.com and include ‘THG Support Grant’ as the subject line of your email.
Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!