Have your say on Porthcawl’s future

Modern multi-storey car parking, a luxury spa waterfront hotel, landscaping and pedestrianisation along the Eastern Promenade, improved public transport, the extension of Dock Street and fresh community spaces are just some of the potential opportunities that Bridgend County Borough Council wants to explore as part of its new ‘placemaking’ consultation. Residents are invited to attend drop-in sessions to find out more, view information boards and speak to regeneration staff. The sessions will take place at the Grand Pavilion 9am-5pm on Wednesday 24 November, and 9am-8pm on Thursday 25 November. There will also be opportunities to view details online and have your say at the council website.


Primary school wins Welsh award

Pupils and teachers at Afon-y-Felin Primary in North Cornelly are celebrating after becoming the first primary school in the region to win the Cymraeg Campus Gold Award. The school received the award, which is run by the Language Charter, for its commitment to the Welsh language after pupils took part in a range of initiatives led by deputy headteacher, Denise Jones.


Discounted evening bus travel

First Cymru is offering discounted bus travel to anyone using the network after 7pm. The new £2.50 evening ticket is valid on any bus and is perfect for anyone heading out to town, meeting friends for a meal or going to see a show.


Pupils help design new children’s library

Pupils from Cwmfelin Primary School and Ysgol Cynwyd Sant have been helping to design the all-new children’s library area planned as part of the £8m redevelopment of Maesteg Town Hall. Working alongside Awen Cultural Trust and Initiate Architecture, the pupils have taken part in special workshops to build models of what they would like to see in the new facility. The children’s ideas are being used to inform the official design options, which will be further supported by staff and trainees at Wood-B, the Tondu-based carpentry project for adults with disabilities.


Resurfacing works in Ogmore Vale

Essential work to resurface the A4061 High Street in Ogmore Vale are set to get underway on Sunday 21 November. Part of the council’s ongoing highway improvement scheme, the works will see traffic controlled with a stop-and-go sign during the week, and the road will be closed from its junction with Commercial Street, past the junction with Glyn Street and up to 45 High Street on Sundays with work expected to finish by 30 November. Residents are being asked not to park on the street while the works are ongoing from 106 High Street to Bethania Row.


Cabinet receives updated air quality report

The 2021 Annual Air Quality Progress Report has confirmed that in general, air quality within Bridgend County Borough continues to meet Welsh Government objectives. While nitrogen dioxide dropped 22 per cent across the county borough during lockdown, it continues to exceed the annual average air quality objective at Park Street where an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) Order is in place. Experts have been developing mitigation measures to combat this along with an Air Quality Action Plan. Modelling outcomes are being analysed, and the plan will soon go out for public consultation. For more details, visit the AQMA webpage.


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. An online survey also asks how parents and carers would like to hear about, or give their opinions on, the support that is provided. The survey is being carried out by Cwm Taf Morgannwg Early Years Transformation Board which includes health board and local authority representatives across the region, including members from Bridgend County Borough Council. The Early Years Transformation Programme is Part of a Welsh Government funded programme which trials new ways of working to improve the support for families with children in the early years, you can complete the survey online. Responses will be analysed and considered as part of a three-year plan for early years services across the region.


Real Living Wage accreditation

Following news that the Living Wage Foundation is increasing the national ‘real living wage’ by 40p to £9.90, Bridgend County Borough Council is applying to become a real Living Wage accredited employer. The authority made a commitment towards paying the real Living Wage two years ago. Following accreditation, the council will be registered on the Real Living Wage Foundation website as a participating employer, and can start using the official logo.


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.


Have your say 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).


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.


Want to represent your local community?

A virtual session will take place on 25 November for potential candidates in the 2022 local government elections. The sessions will outline the role of a councillor, how the council works and more. To take part, email membersbcbc@bridgend.gov.uk and indicate which session you would prefer to attend. You can also find out more about becoming a councillor by visiting the council website.


Don’t miss sports funding deadline

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.


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. 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 FSMCOVID19@bridgend.gov.uk.


Support for 16-24 year olds

The Inspire 2 Work programme provides one-to-one support and advice from qualified youth workers, free professional CV development, access to free online training and more. Get in touch via the team’s online chat or contact them by calling 01656 815146 or emailing youthsupport@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.


Jobs available in catering services in local schools

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.