Latest news from Bridgend County Borough 21 Aug 2021

Vandalism at Blackmill reported to police

Vandals have been reported to South Wales Police after they were caught on CCTV attacking the Flying Start hub at Blackmill, which provides local families with high-quality childcare for children aged under four, help with early language development, health advice, access to parenting support and more. In recent weeks, staff at the centre have recorded a number of incidents where children as young as eight have been filmed tearing down gates, knocking holes through walls and destroying the outdoor play area. They have also thrown large stones at the building, many of which now litter the roof, have attacked the CCTV system, and have destroyed outdoor features created by young users of the centre such as bug hotels, a vegetable patch and flower gardens. Vegetation around the building is being removed to make it easier for local people to spot and report incidents.


Saving lives with Porthcawl RNLI

Porthcawl RNLI will be featured in the new series of Saving Lives at Sea, which is due to be broadcast on BBC2 at 8pm on Tuesday 24 August. The programme will feature dramatic footage of the lifeboat team rescuing an experienced surfer who got into trouble off the local coast during huge swells stirred up by Storm Brendan. The lifeboat station is the busiest in Wales and recently celebrated the 55th anniversary of its re-opening.


Donkey rides on Coney Beach

Bridgend County Borough Council is reminding people who are concerned about the welfare of donkeys in Porthcawl that Coney Beach is maintained by the owners of the fun fair, and that the donkey rides are a private arrangement. While the seasonal donkey rides are in operation, the Shared Regulatory Service carries out welfare checks to ensure the operator is working within all legal requirements, and that the animals have access to shade, water, are in good condition, are not displaying visible signs of distress, etc. Officers are continuing to monitor the ongoing welfare of the donkeys at Coney Beach, but anyone who is concerned about animal welfare in the meantime can report it to the Shared Regulatory Service on 0300 123 6696.


Visual aids for leisure centres

People with degenerative eye conditions such as cataracts will be able to make use of new A4-sized magnifying glasses while visiting leisure centres and swimming pools in Bridgend County Borough. The glasses have been purchased and donated to each of the Halo-run sites by the Bridgend Inclusive Network Group so that staff can use the visual aids to offer help and support. For more details, as at your local leisure centre or pool.


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.


Last chance for chandelier offer

Local organisations are being offered six chandeliers which were previously used at Maesteg Town Hall. Believed to date back to the 1970s, the brass and glass chandeliers are surplus to requirements and will require modern fixings for their electrical connections before they can be used. To find out more, email by Tuesday 31 August.


A&E patients asked for feedback

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Community Health Council is asking people who have used A&E departments at the Princess of Wales, Prince Charles and Royal Glamorgan hospitals for their thoughts and experiences on accessing emergency care and treatment. Details provided will remain confidential and will be used to improve services. You can take part by completing an online survey or ask a member of staff to complete it on your behalf by calling 01443 405830. Alternatively, you can text 62277 and start your message with CTMCHC followed by your feedback – the deadline for responses is 17 September.


Help for victims of domestic abuse

Bridgend County Borough Council is supporting the ‘Home shouldn’t be a place of fear’ campaign which aims to raise awareness of a helpline for those at risk of violence and domestic abuse. The campaign, which was launched by the Welsh Government, continues to let those at risk of domestic abuse, sexual violence and coercive control know that help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via Live Fear Free. To contact the Live Fear Free helpline for help and support, you can call 0808 8010800, text 07860077333, email or use an online ‘live chat’ facility. More details are available at the council website.


Final well-being walk at Bryngarw for August

The last in a series of summer walks designed to help improve people’s well-being will take place at Bryngarw Country Park between 10am–11.30am on 25 August. Organised by Groundwork Wales, you can book your place by calling 07824 473086 or emailing


New arrangements for mobile testing

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has confirmed latest arrangements for mobile testing in Bridgend County Borough. The testing units in Nantymoel and at the site of the former Revlon (Cosi) factory in Maesteg have now closed, but mobile testing facilities remain available between 9am-3pm at Ogmore Vale Primary (CF32 7AJ) and Porthcawl Comprehensive School (CF36 3ES). Booking appointments to use either of these sites is recommended, but not necessary. The 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.


Vaccination update

More than 98,000 residents of Bridgend County Borough are now fully vaccinated along with almost 310,000 people across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg region. This week has seen the vaccination programme providing 16 and 17 year olds with their first shot, while second dose appointments for 18 – 29 year olds and 30 – 39 year olds are continuing. Anyone who is nearly 18 or due to turn 18 before 31 October and who has yet to receive their first vaccination can take advantage of walk in appointments with no prior booking required, but please note that second doses are by appointment only.


Support for residents

Residents affected by recent events involving the death of young children in the Sarn and Broadlands areas are being advised that a range of help and support is available. Cruse Bereavement Care (0808 808 1677) and the Bereavement Advice Centre (0800 634 9494) both offer advice on all aspects of coping with bereavement, Samaritans (116 123) support people in extreme distress, and The Silver Line (0800 470 8090) provides support for older people, especially those who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. Child Bereavement UK (0800 028 8840) supports families dealing with the death of a baby or child, Winstons Wish (08088 020 021) offers support for grieving children and young people through an online chat facility or a freephone national helpline, and the Good Grief Trust offers links to further bereavement support across the country.


Warning on e-scooter use

Road Safety Wales is reminding e-scooter owners that it is currently illegal to use them on public roads, pavements or cycle paths. While authorised trials of rental e-scooters are currently taking place in some parts of England, they are not allowed outside of privately-owned land, and users risk being issued with a £300 fine, six penalty points on their driving licence and having the e-scooter seized if used on public land. Additionally, any driver or motorcyclist who has passed their driving test in the last two years could be disqualified from driving and have to re-take both the theory and practical driving test. The warning follows incidents and near-misses between e-scooter users, visually-disabled people and guide dog owners.


Give blood this August

Blood donation sessions will take place at the Heronston Hotel on 24 August. You can find out how to take part at the Welsh Blood Service website.



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