Latest news from Bridgend County Borough – 9 September 2021

Repairs at Maesteg Swimming Pool

Repairs are underway at Maesteg Swimming Pool to fix an electrical fault which is preventing the sauna and steam room from being used. A new distribution board has been ordered and will be installed as soon as possible – other facilities at the pool remain unaffected and available.


Private landlords sought for leasing scheme

Private landlords interested in leasing properties in Bridgend County Borough are invited to find out more about a scheme which could see them used for temporary accommodation. Cartrefi Hafod is working with the council on a private rent-leasing scheme which offers one-to-three-year lease agreements. Landlords are offered a guaranteed rental income for the duration of the contract paid monthly in arrears, and a full management and 24/7 repairs service. For more information, visit the Cartrefi Hafod website.


Free town centre parking extended

The free parking offer at council-maintained car parks has been extended until after Christmas to help support local traders. Drivers can continue to park for free for up to three hours at the Rhiw multi-storey car park in Bridgend town centre, and between 12noon-3pm at the John Street car park in Porthcawl. Free parking remains available at the Llynfi Road multi-storey in Maesteg and at the Penprysg Road car park in Pencoed – find out more at the council website.


Jobs fair set for Bridgend town centre

The streets of Bridgend town centre will host a mobile jobs fair on Thursday 16 September. Taking place between 10am-2pm and with stalls in streets such as Dunraven Place and Caroline Street, dozens of local employers will be in attendance including South Wales Police, Avon Cosmetics, First Cymru Buses, Harlequin Home Care Ltd, A&R Cleaning Services and many more. Staff will be available to provide information on a range of part-time, full-time, permanent and temporary vacancies as well as advice on training and opportunities for school and college graduates. The event has been organised by Employability Bridgend as part of the council’s partnership with Jobcentre Plus – find out more at the council website.


Free redundancy support sessions

Digital redundancy support sessions are available to help anyone who has been affected by redundancy or who has been made unemployed in the last 12 months. Provided by Working Wales in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions, the sessions are led by careers and employment advisors and include advice on practical ways of coping with redundancy and unemployment, what support and options are available, how the ReAct scheme could provide funding, how to access further support for specific needs and more. The sessions run every Wednesday between 10.30am-11.30am and you can find out more at the Careers Wales website.


Have your say on active travel

A public consultation is taking place on a draft Active Travel Network Map which will determine the future of walking and cycling routes across Bridgend County Borough. The consultation allows residents to have their say on future and existing routes as well as related facilities. The consultation will run for 12 weeks and can be accessed online.


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. A walk-through testing centre can be accessed at the Bowls Hall car park in Angel Street, Bridgend (CF31 4AH) between 2pm-8pm (booking is essential). You can arrange appointments by visiting the Welsh Government website or calling 119 (18001119 if you have hearing or speech difficulties. For more details, visit the council website.


Plans for new youth hub

There is still time for young people to share their thoughts on plans for providing a new youth hub in Bridgend town centre by developing a multi-purpose facility based at Evergreen Hall. Available activities will range from an evening youth several times a week to training and classes for young people aged 11-25 years old. Find out more and have your say at the council website.


Help and support for 16-24 year olds

If you have just left school or college, the Inspire 2 Work programme provides support and advice from qualified youth workers on issues such as professional CV development, support to complete applications for college or work, access to free online training, interview skills, work experience, confidence building and more. Access the team’s online chat, call 01656 815146 or email


Recruitment drive launched for social care workers

Bridgend County Borough Council is seeking 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, visit the council website. The recruitment drive links in with a national campaign currently being run by Welsh Government and Social Care Wales which is 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.


Infuse – Innovative Future Services

The Infuse (Innovative Future Services) initiative is inviting council staff to find out more about a £5.6 million programme that is supporting local authorities in the Cardiff Capital Region area. Led by Monmouthshire County Council in partnership with Cardiff University and Y Lab, the scheme is funded by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government and helps staff develop and access new skills, methods and tools designed to improve their capacity and capability to innovate. The next phase of the scheme is due to begin in October and will focus on two themes – accelerating decarbonisation, and supportive communities. It will run online for two days a week until March 2021 and the deadline for applications is 16 September. You can find out more by visiting the Infuse programme website.


Travel card portal

The Transport for Wales concessionary travel card portal is undergoing essential maintenance until 13 September. Applications made before 6 September 2021 will be unaffected – anyone who needs to contact Transport for Wales in the meantime can email, phone 0300 3034240 or find out more at their website.


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