Nolton Street resurfacing works continue this weekend

The second of two all-day road closures will take place in Nolton Street between 8am-5pm on Sunday 17 October. The street will be closed from its junction with Court Road to the junction with Brackla Street. While the one-way section between Cowbridge Road and Brackla Street will remain open to traffic, some temporary delays could be possible. An alternative route will be in place during the works, which form part of the council’s £2.7m highways improvement programme.

Shwmae Su’mae? Day 2021

Shwmae Su’mae? Day will take place on 15 October as part of a promotion by the council and Menter Bro Ogwr to encourage the use of Welsh within local shops. Participating businesses will be supplied with a ‘Shwmae’ window display speech bubble, and will be asked to start conversations with customers using Welsh phrases. To find out more or to take part, email menter or visit www.shwmae.cymru/

Secondary school applications set to open

Parents, guardians and carers of primary school children who are currently in Year Six are set to be invited to apply for secondary school places using an online form. The form is available in the ‘My Account’ section of the council’s website, which you can sign up to simply by providing a valid email address. Applications open at 10am on 18 October and must be submitted by 4pm on 21 January 2022. For more information, visit www.bridgend.gov.uk/schooladmissions

Covid Passes now in place

NHS Covid Passes came into force across Wales on Monday which will require people to demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against coronavirus in order to enter nightclubs and attend indoor and outdoor organised events. The pass aims to cut transmission of the virus at nightclubs, indoor non-seated events for more than 5,000 people, outdoor non-seated events with more than 4,000 in attendance, or any setting or event featuring more than 1,000 people. It is available digitally on the NHS website and paper passes can be requested. More information about the Covid Pass can be found at the Welsh Government website.

Booster vaccine FAQs answered

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has published a series of answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus booster programme. The FAQs, which are available on the health board’s website, are designed to clear up confusion over why the booster vaccinations are necessary, how they can be accessed and more.

Vaccine advice line for 12-15s

An exclusive help line has been set up to enable 12-15 year olds and their parents or guardians to access all of the details they require ahead of deciding whether to take up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccine. To use the service, simply fill in the online form on the health board’s website and a member of their team will get back to you. Nearly 30 per cent of 12-15 year olds within the Cwm Taf Morgannwg region have been vaccinated with appointment letters still being issued to those in this age group.

Brexit changes for car fans and dealers

Car enthusiasts and small motor businesses are being urged to familiarise themselves with new post-Brexit change that will be in place from January 2022. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned that new import and export rules will be in place for anyone who sends or receives automotive parts between the UK and Europe. The rules will also affect anyone who wants to travel across Europe in a vehicle to attend events such as classic car rallies. Small businesses who are also moving parts or equipment between Great Britain and Northern Ireland can register with the free Trader Support Service, while the HMRC customer forums enable you to receive answers to specific questions. To speak to a HMRC customer service advisor, call 0300 322 9434 between 8am-10pm (Monday to Friday) and 8am-4pm (weekends).

Lay persons wanted

Councils across Wales, including Bridgend County Borough Council, are seeking to recruit people to act as independent lay persons who can support the Governance and Audit Committee. The committee meets six times a year and provides independent assurance on the adequacy and effectiveness of the risk management framework, internal control environment, performance assessment, complaints handling and integrity of the financial reporting and governance processes. You can find out more about the role and how to apply by visiting the council website.

Mobile testing arrangements

Free mobile testing for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 remains available at the former Revlon site in Maesteg (CF34 9TS) from 9am to 5pm all week, including Saturday and Sunday. This site incorporates both a drive-through testing facility, which must be booked in advance, and a walk-in option where no booking is required. 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. You can arrange appointments by visiting the Welsh Government website or by calling 119 (18001119 for people with hearing or speech difficulties).

Jobs available within school catering

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. Find out more by visiting the jobs pages at www.bridgend.gov.uk.

Join the cleaner streets team

Vacancies are available to join the council’s Cleaner Streets team with roles ranging from general cleansing operatives to sweeper drivers. Anyone who is interested in finding out more can visit the Pertemps Agency for further details.

Wanted – more people to work in social care

The council, Welsh Government and Social Care Wales have launched a new video encouraging more people to work in the social care sector. The WeCare Wales website features jobs across Wales, and you can find out more on Twitter or Facebook. Local roles are available across areas such as home care, reablement, young people’s services and more. Visit the council website or the authority’s Facebook and Twitter pages to find out more.

Budget consultation – have your say

This year’s budget consultation considers a longer-term vision for the county borough and covers a range of areas including investment in schools, regeneration projects, council tax levels, car park fees, how best to support local business, tourism and the economy, and more. Fill in the survey online before 14 November or order a hard copy by emailing consultation, calling 01656643664 or writing to Consultation and Engagement, Civic Offices, Angel Street Bridgend, CF31 4WB.

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