Latest news from Bridgend County Borough Council 11 November 2021

Covid Pass requirements extended

Welsh Government has confirmed that from Monday 15 November, people in Wales must show a Covid Pass or demonstrate their Covid-19 vaccine status to enter cinemas, concert halls and theatres. The extension follows the mandatory use of a Covid Pass for over-19s attending nightclubs, indoor non-seated events for more than 500 people, outdoor non-seated events with more than 4,000 in attendance, or any setting or event featuring more than 10,000 people. Full details of how you can get a Covid Pass are available on the Welsh Government website.

 

Budget consultation ends on Sunday

There are now just a few days left before this year’s budget consultation comes to an end. Fill in the survey online before 14 November or order a hard copy by emailing [email protected], calling 01656 643664 or writing to Consultation and Engagement, Civic Offices, Angel Street Bridgend, CF31 4WB. More details are available at the council website

 

Remembrance parades and services

A range of parades and services will be held across Bridgend County Borough this month to mark Remembrance 2021 as people pay their respects and reflect on the contribution and sacrifice made by British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women. Individual town and community councils have organised a series of local events, and members of Bridgend County Borough Council will be laying wreaths at war memorials throughout the area on Remembrance Sunday. For more details, visit the council website.

 

Eco-work showcased to the world

Pupils at Coychurch Primary are celebrating after their teachers delivered a presentation on leading the way in climate education at the Office for Climate Education’s first ever ‘Teacher’s COP’ event. The event, which preceded the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, involved education personnel from around the world and provided an opportunity to vote on adopting a statement featuring proposals for how climate change education can be improved. As a result of the event, the Office of Climate Education has invited Coychurch Primary to trial new climate change resources.

 

Pilot schemes to encourage more voters

Bridgend County Borough will be one of four areas taking part in a flexible voting scheme organised by Welsh Government at the local government elections on 5 May 2022. Designed to make it easier and more convenient for people to vote, each area will test a different way of enabling residents to cast their ballots. In Bridgend County Borough, two pilot schemes will be running. Following last year’s lowering of the voting age to 16, a new polling station will be created within Cynffig Comprehensive so that eligible pupils within the school can cast their votes ahead of election day. To help boost turnout in wards where people have previously voted in low numbers, 20 existing polling stations will also be open for early voting in the week running up to the election. More details will be issued before the election takes place.

 

Nominate your local heroes

The Mayor of Bridgend County Borough is asking local residents to put forward their nominations of individuals, groups or businesses who are worthy of this year’s Mayor’s 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.

 

Food payment voucher reminder

Parents and carers eligible for free school meals are being reminded to redeem their October half-term food payment voucher before it expires on 21 November. The £19.50 voucher is redeemable at any ‘PayPoint’ outlet for cash to be used for food for their child. PayPoint outlets are often located in local shops, major supermarkets and fuel filling stations. To find your nearest outlet just enter your town or postcode on the PayPoint website. Anyone who has not received a payment voucher should contact [email protected].

 

Pencoed consultation opens

Consultation has started on plans that could transform the centre of Pencoed. Residents and businesses are being asked for views on £17m proposals that could rebuild the Penprysg road bridge to accommodate two-way traffic and create a safe, all-new active travel bridge, which will enable the current level crossing to be closed down. You can complete the consultation survey online at the council website, or request an alternative format by emailing [email protected], calling 01656 643664 or writing to Communications, Marketing and Engagement, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4WB. The consultation closes on 30 January 2022.

 

Potential candidate sessions

Virtual sessions will take place at 6.30pm on 18 and 25 November for potential candidates in the 2022 local government elections. To take part in either session, email [email protected] – you can find out more about becoming a councillor by visiting the council website.

 

Warning over fraud scam

Businesses are being urged to look out for a scam that is targeting existing and potential suppliers of equipment to organisations such as Bridgend County Borough Council. The scam involves imitating an employee of the council by phone or via email, ordering goods and providing a purchase order which resembles those used by the authority. The goods are delivered to an address that may or may not be within the county borough, but the supplier never receives payment, and is unable to retrieve the products. The council is reminding businesses that all authentic emails from the authority will originate from an ‘@bridgend.gov.uk’ email address. For more details, visit the council 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 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.

 

Careers in care

Ever considered a career in social care? Watch a new video, visit the WeCare Wales website or follow WeCare Wales on Twitter or Facebook to find out more. You can also find out about local opportunities by visiting the council website.