New lockdown arrangements confirmed

Welsh Government guidance on lockdown arrangements during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has been updated. While general advice remains that residents should stay at home, avoid all unnecessary contact, exercise locally and minimise the risk of exposure to the virus, from 1 June people from two different households will be able to meet each other outdoors in e.g. private gardens or parks. This will be allowed as long as they remain two metres apart, stay within five miles of their home, observe strict hand-hygiene procedures and avoid meeting inside someone’s home. The new advice follows previous updates enabling people to exercise more than once a day as long as they stay local, and an increase in the maximum fine for repeated breaches of coronavirus lockdown rules in Wales from £120 to £1,920.

Phase two funding for businesses announced

Welsh Government has confirmed that the next phase of its Economic Resilience Fund will begin in June. With an eligibility checker for new applications set to be available by mid-June, businesses will have time to prepare applications for when the fund fully opens. The new phase of the fund will provide businesses with access to the remaining £100m of the £300m which has already been approved and allocated to support micro-businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises and large businesses throughout Wales. Phase two of the fund will operate in the same way as phase one, but with an update to the micro-scheme which will provide access for limited companies who are not V.A.T. registered – more details will be announced soon.

Work continues on key council projects

Work is ongoing on the transformation of Maesteg Town Hall and the creation of new classrooms at Cefn Cribwr Primary School. With health and safety procedures and equipment in place for contractors to observe safe distancing requirements and reduce the chance of exposure to the coronavirus, both projects are making progress despite the pandemic – look out for further updates soon.

Tourism survey for businesses

A council survey is asking businesses involved in the tourism industry to describe how the coronavirus pandemic has affected them, and to discuss proposals for how the county borough can recover. Covering issues such as the impact on revenue, staffing, future economic planning and more, feedback has already resulted in the development of a start-back pack offering free online Covid-19 awareness training, access to equipment such as sneeze-guards and more. With hotels, pubs, cafes, camp sites, attractions and other businesses taking part, the council will use the results to focus its support while working alongside partners such as Welsh Government and Visit Wales.

Post office relocates during pandemic

Maesteg Post Office closed its doors at Talbot Street on Friday 29 May and will reopen on Wednesday 3 June at new premises in the nearby outdoor market. An experienced temporary postmaster has been recruited and will provide the new service between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am-12.30pm on Saturday. While Royal Mail and Post Office Ltd source a new permanent location within the town, the council has supported the move to ensure Maesteg can retain a postal service during the ongoing pandemic.

Visiting a recycling centre

People who are planning an essential trip to a community recycling centre are being reminded to check the ‘odds and evens’ number plate schedule at the council website to make sure they are selecting the right day for access. At Tythegston, access is only available to vehicles travelling in from the A48 with no site access from the A4106 Bridgend Road. At Brynmenyn, vehicles are using a diversion to approach the site and drivers are being asked not to block entrances to local businesses. Access routes to the site at Maesteg are as per normal.

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Y Cyng | Cllr Huw David

Arweinydd y Cyngor |Leader of Council

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr | Bridgend County Borough Council

Ffôn/Phone: (01656) 643225

E-bost/E-Mail: cllr.huw.david

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