Free workshops for the kids at Westward Community Centre, 2nd and 3rd of November ... See MoreSee Less
FREE HALF TERM ACTIVITIES: Lantern Making Workshops for kids at Carnegie House (Old Library), Bridgend Library and Westward Community Centre, to be used at The Festival of Light Lantern Parade at Bridgend Town Centre. Every day in half term!
See the poster for details!
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 is expecting to continue making reductions over the next four years, totalling a further £35 million on top.
The council would like to hear the views of local residents, organisations and communities on where the council should seek to realise the budget reductions that it has to make. Get your voice heard by replying to this consultation...
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...
Some have already started with their Christmas 2017 Shopping.
We are asking the people of Bridgend to recommit their Yule Love Bridgend annual pledge.
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We are asking that you buy AT LEAST one of your Christmas Gifts for 2017 from a shop in Bridgend Town Centre and that you help us promote it to others who live here.
It is our Town Centre and our actions will shape it's future, so come on. We ask you to make the pledge,
Who' ready to make it now?
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 are also proud to announce that Luke Richards was elected unopposed to represent Brynmenyn on Ynysawdre Community Council - the first councillor elected under the BRIDGEND COUNTY INDEPENDENTS banner.
There is much to look forward to as we build upon our achievements so far.
We're looking forward to supporting Neal Scorer in the Bettws by election for Garw Valley on 28th September.
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.
Today, 7th September the residents of Cefn Glas will have an opportunity to vote in a by election brought about by the resignation of the previous councillor.
This is your first change to vote since May's election.
Your first chance to vote since the implementation of the disastrous new waste contract came into force.
Party politics has no place in community councils and that is why Luke Richards is offering you an INDEPENDENT alternative.
This by election is your opportunity to make a difference and vote for CHANGE.
Whatever your political inclination please vote. Apathy means more of the same, to get change you need to vote for it.
Vote for Change
Vote for LUKE RICHARDS
promoted by Luke Richards of 19 Bettws Road, Brynmenyn, Bridgend, CF32 9HY
The new season's fast approaching and our little darlings are heading back to school and college.Why not treat yourself to some well deserved ME time and join us in Carnegie House for Art Club on Tuesday evenings. Full details attached. Please contact me with any questions.
Luke has been busy leafleting Cefn Glas over the last few days and hope to have all delivered in time for you to complete your postal votes if you have one.
If you haven't received your leaflet yet we've attached it below.
Its time for Change for Cefn Glas and Laleston Community Council.
Vote for Luke
promoted by Luke Richards of 19 Bettws Road, Brynmenyn, Bridgend, CF32 9HY
Many of you still experiencing poor and inconsistent refuse collections, the bin crisis may well have subsided from the chaos we witnessed in the first month but it's still a long way from satisfactory.
You may recall that in a press release BCBC blamed the chaos on the fact there'd been a "50%" increase in the volume of recycling.
We were unconvinced about this figure so submitted a Freedom Of Information request for the data which supported it.
Today we received the response.
In summary the 50% figure is not supported by the evidence.
The historic weekly average was 390T the actual reported figures for the first four weeks are as follows:
1 - 380T
2 - 431T
3 - 413T
4 - 404T
None of these figures comes close to an increase of 50% on the historical average of 390T indeed the first week sees a decrease.
We are deeply disappointed that our local authority has made a statement, repeated by councillors, that is not supported by the facts.
Note that there appears to be a contradiction between the percentages and the weekly variance v the historical average.
We're shocked and saddened to hear reports of independent councillors being criticised and threatened with disciplinary action for having the temerity to support the open letter to the Leader of BCBC last month regarding the bin fiasco.
Your local councillors have every right to represent your views and in this instance work together to highlight the deficiencies in a system that continues to cause inconvenience to some and anxiety to many.
We make no apology for working in your interests and we will continue to do so.
Many of you voted for Change on 4th May and that is what you will get. Issues will no longer be swept under the carpet.
If your recycling hasn't been picked up on time, or you're still waiting for your bags, please contact your Cefn Glas councillor Jon-Paul Blundell Cllr.Jon-Paul.Blundell@bridgend.gov.uk ... See MoreSee Less