This week BCBC and Town & Community Councillors attended a briefing regarding a review into the BCBC council boundaries.
The review is looking at the overall number of County Borough Councillors in BCBC and at individual wards.
The review will not include Town & community councils.
The initial findings are that BCBC is over represented in comparison with the Welsh average for similar authorities and the overall number of councillors is likely to reduce from 54 to 49 (+\- 1).
There is also considerable disparity between the number of residents/electors represented per BCBC councillor across the borough.
This means that in the 2022 borough elections there are likely to be 5 fewer county councillors and many of the existing ward boundaries may be changed to achieve more equal councillor to elector ratios.
The Boundary Commission will be consulting with various bodies including your Town & Community councils and BCBC ward councillors in the near future.
If you have any views on this please contact your local BCBC or Town & Community councillor so that they can be represented in their submissions.
At the recent meeting of Newscastle Higher Community Council I was given the go ahead to begin work on creating a Community Action Plan. To do this properly I REALLY need your help.
The idea is that we will gather information from as many residents, schools, churches, businesses and so on of Pen-Y-Fai and Aberkenfig as we can on exactly what it is they want the community council to do, to change and to be responsible for long term. We want to then put all of that together, create a long-term plan, budget it properly, and present it to BCBC as part of our ongoing community requirements.
We plan for the information gathering period to take about six months, with draft and presentation another month, three months to budget and two months for consultation with residents for final approval, ready for BCBC to incorporate Newcastle Higher properly by their 2019 assessment.
We already have the details for the schools and businesses, and we will approach residents with community surveys and surgeries, but if there are any resident’s groups or charities that we may not know about, that want to be involved in this, please get in touch with me at email@example.com with contact details.
Some of the most important public meetings held by Bridgend County Borough Council are being made available to view online.These webcasts will provide greater transparency in the authority’s decision making, and enable our communities to become more engaged in local democracy.The meetings will be tr...
For those of you who live or have friends in Pontycymer there will be a bye election held THIS THURSDAY 16th November for a community vacancy following the sad passing of the previous councillor.
Community councils are the bed rock of our democracy. Community councils raise council tax from you and although they have limited statutory powers they have the ability to greatly influence our quality of life and our communities.
In these times of increasingly tight budgets it is inevitable that they will also be asked to take on more of the services that matter to us.
Community councils are important.
Unfortunately, turn out at community council by elections seldom greatly exceeds 20%.
We urge you all to exercise your democratic right and actively choose who will represent you.
People often complain about their local councils, claiming they don’t listen or that they are a cosy club.
There is only one way to deliver change and that’s to vote for change.
There are three candidates for Pontycymer including one independent.
Not only do we urge you to vote but also to vote for the person, not the rosette.
There should be no such thing as a safe party seat. In fact party politics shouldn’t feature at this level.
Look at the candidates, read their literature, find out about what they’ve been doing for your community before they asked for your vote and what they intend to do after!
But more than anything VOTE on Thursday 16th November because if you don’t vote the others will choose for you!
We have written to the Head of Planning with objections to the development to Car Cael, Pen-y-Fai and have reaffirmed our concerns with the proposals at Pentre Felin, fully endorsing Councillor Radcliffe and the residents questions and concerns in this matter, and have asked for BCBC to take action. We have chosen Cllr and Chair Ann John to sit on the grants panel meeting of the Suncredit Solar Community Benefit fund. We have authorised maintenance works in Aberkenfig, repairs to the Christmas lights and have organised and panted this year's daffodil crop.
The next NHCC meeting is tonight, at St John's Church in Aberkenfig, at 7PM, and all are welcome to attend. ... See MoreSee Less
Where are you watching this weekend’s fireworks? If you’re still undecided, there are a range of public displays to choose from throughout the county borough.
Check out our website to find your local display, as well as information on how to make sure you can enjoy bonfire night safely: bit.ly/2gLEJZH
November 11, 2017, 4:00pm - November 11, 2017, 6:00pm
Join us for the Bridgend Festival of Light and Lantern Parade at and outside Carnegie House, Wyndham Street Bridgend.
Local children are busy throughout half term making lanterns, and will be joined by circusgroup Organised Kaos, Drumming Group Weapons of Mass Percussion, and Wonderbrass!
Expect heart-lifting drum beats and hip-swinging music, amazing stilt-walkers and delicious food and drink stalls.
The parade will end with 30 minute fire show by Organised Kaos - come and join the fun with all the family!
Best of all - IT'S FREE!
We invite you and your children to join us at 3:30pm at Carnegie House to collect your lanterns and join us for the parade which will gather outside the venue at 4pm.
Details of free Lantern Making Workshops:
Monday Oct 30th: 10am - 1pm at Carnegie House.
Tuesday Oct 31st: 10am - 1pm at Carnegie House and 2:30pm - 5:30pm at Bridgend Library,
Wednesday Nov 1st: 10am - 1pm at Carnegie House,
Thursday Nov 2nd: 9:30am - 12:30pm at Westward Community Centre,
Friday Nov 3rd: 10am - 1pm at Westward Community Centre
Saturday Nov 11th: 10am - 1pm at Carnegie House.
Following continued reductions in funding from central government all councils across the UK are having to change the way they work and the services they provide so that they can manage with less. Bridgend County Borough Council has reduced its budget by over £36 million over the past four years and...
Bridgend Council are due to launch Harwood House - a specialist full-time residential home for severely disabled children - sometime this month. It'll ensure parents no longer have to send children to other local authorities.
Social Care Wales wants to hear your views on how social care needs to change to meet the growing demand for services from the country’s changing population.
Have your say on issues such as changes to fees, qualification requirements for domiciliary care workers, fitness to practice rules and the Code of Practice for Persons Employing Social Care Workers.
To find out more and complete an online survey, please visit: bit.ly/2gMlOBu.
The 4th May 2017 saw an Independent Revolution as independent candidates supported by Change For Bridgend contested seats across the Bridgend County in BCBC and Town & Community councils.
We made the established parties take notice and with your support we have made it clear to them that no party has the right to take our county, our towns or communities for granted.
We believe that local government is no place for the national parties. Local government is about communities coming together to build a fairer, more prosperous county borough free from political dogma.
But we achieved far more than to simply make a noise and make people take notice.
We delivered electoral success.
THREE Independent BCBC councillors.
Independent majority on Bridgend Town Council.
Independent majority on Coity Higher Community Council.
Strong independent groups on Garw Valley and St Brides Minor Community Councils.
Independent representation on Merthyr Mawr, Newcastle Higher and Ogmore Valley Community Councils.
At the same time we saw other Independent groups achieve success gaining seats and now holding majorities on councils across the Bridgend County Borough. In fact there are more Town and Community Councils with Independent majorities than single party majority.
When Change For Bridgend was formed we had high hopes but we could never have foreseen the scale of our impact and how far across the county we would reach.
Independent COUNCILLORS that Change For Bridgend supported through the elections are now representing you and fighting for you. We are no longer a group of candidates calling for change we are DELIVERING CHANGE.
That is why it's now time for an INDEPENDENT EVOLUTION.
It's why Change For Bridgend is evolving to become BRIDGEND COUNTY INDEPENDENTS.
This evolution reflects the fact that our members represent seats across the county. It also demonstrates our commitment, we are here to stay!
The work has barely begun.
BRIDGEND COUNTY INDEPENDENTS is a support network for independent councillors, encouraging co-operation and forging links with independent groups and individuals through our county borough.
We'll continue to encourage and support independent candidates in the many by elections that will arise between now and 2022.
We are proud that three of our members are part of the Independent Alliance now the official opposition group on BCBC.
We thank you all for your support so far and look forward to welcoming more members, supporting more candidates and working with councillors, whatever their political affiliation to improve the lives of residents throughout Bridgend County Borough.
If you'd like to stand for election become an independent councillor or simply share our aims please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.
BRIDGEND COUNTY INDEPENDENTS - DELIVERING CHANGE FOR BRIDGEND COUNTY.