Changes to electoral ward boundaries within Bridgend County Borough are to be made in time for the 2022 local elections.
Following the completion of a review by the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission for Wales, Minister for Finance and Local Government Rebecca Evans has confirmed that the number of wards is to reduce from 39 to 28.
The number of local members will also decrease from 54 to 51, with each member representing an average of 2,096 electors.
The biggest boundary changes will be made in Brackla and Porthcawl, and will need to be reflected in both Brackla Community Council and Porthcawl Town Council.
Fifteen of the new wards will be represented by more than one councillor. Seven will feature two councillors, and eight will feature three councillors.
Nine existing wards – Aberkenfig, Blackmill, Llangynwyd, Maesteg East, Maesteg West Nant-y-moel, Ogmore Vale, Oldcastle and Pen-y-fai – will remain as they are. The rest will all feature changes in either name, size or how many elected representatives they will feature.
Proposals to combine Aberkenfig and Penyfai into a single new ward have been dropped.
The full list of new wards will be as follows:
|New ward name:||Number of elected representatives:|
|Brackla East and Coychurch Lower||Two|
|Brackla East Central||One|
|Brackla West Central||One|
|Bryntirion, Laleston and Merthyr Mawr||Three|
|Pencoed and Penprysg||Three|
|Porthcawl East Central||Two|
|Porthcawl West Central||One|
|Pyle, Kenfig Hill and Cefn Cribwr||Three|
|St Bride’s Minor and Ynysawdre||Three|
In addition to their English-medium names, seven of the 28 wards will receive new Welsh-medium names. They are:
- Aberkenfig – Abercynffig.
- Bridgend Central – Canol Pen-y-bont.
- Blackmill – Melin Ifan Ddu.
- Maesteg East – Dwyrain Maesteg.
- Maesteg West – Gorllewin Maesteg.
- Ogmore Vale – Bro Ogwr.
- Oldcastle – Hengastell.
To read the boundary review report in full, visit the Welsh Government website.