A £400,000 refurbishment at Maesteg Sports Centre is now underway, in a move that will improve accessibility as well as benefiting both the physical and mental health of residents right across the community.

The project is made possible thanks to investment from Bridgend County Borough Council, Halo Leisure and Sport Wales, who are all working in partnership to make sure residents receive the best service possible.

The upgrade will include a larger gym area with brand-new cardio machines, a strength and conditioning space, a wellness zone, and various other new pieces of equipment.

Improvements are also being made to the changing rooms as well as installing new studio, training and workshop spaces.

In addition to the work at Maesteg Sports Centre, a refurbishment at Pyle Swimming Pool has also recently been completed thanks to a £200,000 investment from the council and Halo.

The renovations were designed to not only improve facilities but to make them more accessible and environmentally friendly.

The improvements include new ceilings, energy efficient lighting to enhance changing rooms, accessible family changing rooms along with new energy efficient showers and around 30 new changing cubicles.

Also, accessible changing spaces are being built poolside, to create a much-improved space for people who need additional support when changing.

Cllr Rhys Goode, Bridgend County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Future Generations and Wellbeing, said: “The improvements at both Pyle Swimming Pool and Maesteg Sports Centre will play a vital role in communities across the county borough as many residents use the facilities as a way to improve their mental health and general wellbeing.

“It’s pleasing that the improvements have been developed with accessibility in mind and it is also an added benefit that the facilities are more environmentally friendly than ever before.

“This is a really important investment which will help to make sure that residents have the best possible facilities available for generations to come. It’s also great to see so many organisations working together to deliver these crucial improvements.”

 

Residents urged to avoid placing extra pressure on ambulance service during strikes

With industrial action affecting local ambulance services on both 21 and 28 December, Bridgend County Borough Council is urging residents to take extra care, avoid any risky activities and to only call 999 for life threatening or serious emergencies while the strikes are underway.

The Leader, Cllr Huw David said: “Ambulance services are expected to be severely impacted by industrial action, and the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust expects the number of emergency vehicles able to attend patients will be significantly affected on both of the strike days.

“Non-emergency patient transport, which helps people attend hospital appointments, will also be affected, as will non-clinical call handlers within contact centres and some support services.

“Only life-threatening illnesses or injuries are likely to receive an emergency response on strike days, so please do not call 999 unless someone is very seriously ill or injured, or there is an immediate risk to life.

“The very sickest patients will be prioritised and less seriously ill or injured patients will not receive an ambulance response or in some cases may be asked to make their own way to hospital.

“Where there is no immediate threat to life, the NHS 111 Wales website is available for health advice, or you can speak to or visit a pharmacist, GP or minor injuries unit.”

 

You can also help relieve pressure on services by:

  • Stocking up on prescription medications and over the counter remedies for common ailments to reduce the risk of falling ill on strike days.
  • Ensuring you have adequate first aid kit supplies in case you need to administer self-care for minor injuries at home.
  • Taking extra care during the cold weather to avoid slips, trips and falls or accidents on the road.
  • Looking out for family, friends and neighbours who may be especially vulnerable.

 

The Neath Port Talbot Hospital walk-in Minor Injury Unit is located at Neath Port Talbot Hospital on Baglan Way, Port Talbot (SA12 7BX), and the Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda Minor Injury Unit is at Llwynypia, Tonypandy (CF40 2LX) – please call 111 before attending Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda.