Latest News from Bridgend County Borough – 2 September 2021

Active travel consultation

A public consultation has been launched on a draft Active Travel Network Map which will determine the future of walking and cycling routes across Bridgend county borough. The consultation, which launched today (Wednesday), will allow residents to have their say on future routes, existing routes and related facilities in their area. It follows a consultation that was launched earlier this year which sought the public’s view on how cycling and walking provision in the county borough could be improved. Over 1,000 people participated in the consultation and the council, alongside Welsh Government and Sustrans, carefully considered all the comments and have produced a draft Active Travel Network Map. As a result, an additional 176km of routes were added to the map now being consulted on. The consultation will run for 12 weeks and can be found by following this link.


Covid testing recommended for secondary school pupils

With the new school year starting soon, it is recommended that all secondary school pupils undertake lateral flow testing before their first day back. Many pupils will already have lateral flow tests at home, having used them before schools broke up in July. However, for all new Year 7 pupils who would not have been able to access stocks in schools previously, and any other pupils who have run out of supplies, it is recommended that parents, carers, or pupils, collect the tests from either local testing sites, local pharmacies or order them online for home delivery. Lateral flow tests are only for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms. Pupils are recommended to take two lateral flow tests, three days apart during the week leading up to their first day back. Schools will continue to provide lateral flow tests during term-time. For more details visit the council website.


Have your say on new youth hub plans

Young people still have time to share their thoughts on plans for a new youth hub in Bridgend town centre. Initial plans involve a multi-purpose facility at Evergreen Hall, next to the council’s Civic Offices. Run in partnership between the local authority’s Youth Development, 16 plus and Youth Justice Services, activities offered onsite will range from training and classes for young people aged 11 to 25 years old, and youth club provision a couple of weekday evenings for all young people in the local community that want to attend. Young people have been invited to have their say on what they would like to see at the youth club, including any specific equipment, and any help or support services. To have your say, just fill out a short survey on the council website by the end of September.


Bank Holiday waste and recycling collections changes
Waste and recycling collection will continue to take place one day later than usual until Saturday 4 September due to the bank holiday. Community recycling centres are currently operating their summer opening hours: 8.30am until 7pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am until 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Please be aware that gates may shut up to 20 minutes early. This is to accommodate cars that are already queuing on site before recycling centres closes. For more details on recycling and waste collections visit the council website.


Help and support available for 16 to 24 year olds who have finished school and college

Got your results and don’t know what to do next? The Inspire 2 Work programme can help by providing 121 support and advice from qualified youth workers, free professional CV development, support to complete applications for college or work, access to free online training, interview skills / work experience / confidence building and much more. Get in touch via the team’s online chat or contact them by calling 01656 815146 or emailing


Mobile testing arrangements

Mobile testing facilities remain available at Porthcawl RFC (CF36 3DH) from 9am-5pm, seven days a week. The site includes both a drive-through testing facility with booking required and a walk-in option for which booking is not required. A drive-through testing centre is also available at Coity and Litchard Community Centre (CF31 1PA) from 9am-5pm and booking is essential. Meanwhile, a walk-through testing centre at the Bowls Hall car park in Angel Street, Bridgend (CF31 4AH) is available between 2pm-8pm, and booking remains essential for this site. You can arrange appointments by visiting the Welsh Government website or calling 119. If you have hearing or speech difficulties, you can call 18001119 as an alternative. For more details visit the council website.


Recruitment drive launched for social care workers

A new recruitment drive has been launched for social care workers in a bid to help meet the increasing need for care and support enabling people to be as independent, and as well as they can be, in their own homes. Within Bridgend County Borough, the local authority is looking to recruit social care workers and support workers in a variety of areas, from home care and reablement teams to young people’s services. To find out what jobs are available or to apply, just visit the council website. The recruitment drive links in with a national campaign currently being run by Welsh Government and Social Care Wales, aimed at promoting the benefits of working in care and encouraging people to apply for roles within the sector. For jobs across Wales, visit the WeCare Wales website or find out more via @WeCareWales on Twitter or Facebook.


Survey on free swimming sessions

Sport Wales and Halo are running a survey about the Free Swim Initiative and want to hear from young people aged up to 16 and older swimmers who are over 60 and over. The first 20 completed surveys from people aged 16 or under will receive a free pair of Zoggs junior goggles and 25 per cent off any Zoggs products available at your local pool. To take part, include a screenshot of the acknowledgement message displayed when the survey is completed, and present to staff at reception. The survey is live until 3 September and is available in both English and Welsh.


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