We held our AGM in Ynysawdre last night.
Some great discussion and a revised constitution that provides a sound platform for us to move forward with confidence.
We’re here for the long haul supporting independent councillors and candidates.
We look forward to our continued journey and working with old and new friends as we challenge the established national political parties.
Why not join us, drop us a line.
We launched a year ago today.
At the time we were dismissed by a BCBC councillor as a "Rag Tag and Bobtail" group.
In the last 12 months he lost his seat but we have gone from strength to strength.
We are working hard for you and your communities and will continue to strive for change.
There's still plenty of work to do.
Why not join us?
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.
October's community council meeting will be held on Thursday 12th October at 7pm in Coity Higher Community Centre.
The public are welcome to attend to observe proceedings. There haven't been any public present in recent meetings I would urge you to attend.
The agenda can be found at the following link.
Please let me know if there's anything you'd like me to raise.
Coity Higher Community Council charges the second lowest council tax of any community council in the Bridgend County Area.
Ours is £18.02 pa per band D house.
The lowest is Merthyr Mawr at £15.28.
Of our nearest neighbours, St Brides Minor charge £23.26, Brackla £34.02 and Bridgend Town £77.43 per Band D house per annum.
In fact St Brides Minor is the third lowest precept at £5.24 per house more than Coity Higher.
One of the reasons that the Coity Higher precept has been kept so low is due to the additional houses built and therefore council tax collected.
It's fair to say that we currently do more than many community councils although less than some. However, as BCBC cut back on things that matter to us we may be expected to take on more.
However, as minds turn to developing next year's budget what are people's views on the level of community council tax?
Is it too much? Is it ok? Or would you consider paying more IF you got more in return?
It's hard to be specific but £1 per year increase would add approximately £3,100 to the annual budget.
I'd really value your feedback.
An extraordinary meeting of Change For Bridgend was held today and we would like to announce a new management structure
Chair Martin Williams
Vice Chair Maria Berrow
Secretary Sorrel Dendy
Treasurer Ceri Evans
We would like to thank Paul Warren, Steven Bletsoe, Amanda Williams and Freya Bletsoe who stood down from their roles within the organisation, all four remain members of Change For Bridgend
It was a really productive community council meeting on Thursday.
Lots of things were discussed and agreed.
Amongst that was the decision to unlock the pedestrian gate to the football pitch behind the church.
We really want to see this pitch used, the grass is cut regularly so although it's not premiership standard it is a community resource.
Personally I would welcome approaches from sports clubs and junior football & rugby teams to use it for training and maybe matches.
In addition to this the council agreed to explore the possibility of seeking a greater role in the management of the new pitches in Parc Derwen.
Very early days but personally, as stated in my election flyers, I would love to see these owned and managed by the community for the community.
As ever please do t hesitate to contact me.
Happy Fathers Day.
Following last week’s local elections where Independent candidates supported by Change For Bridgend made significant gains on our Town and Community councils we are pleased to announce that Alan Wathan was elected as Chairman of Coity Higher Community Council with Martin Williams as Vice Chairman at...
With less than 8 hours until the polls open it will soon be your opportunity to vote for change.
However, you may have a postal vote but not yet used it.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE!
You can complete your postal vote and deliver it to the polling station or hand deliver it to the BCBC offices before 10pm on Thursday 4th May.
Your vote counts!
VOTE FOR CHANGE.
I would just like to ask you all to vote tomorrow, no matter who it's for. If we all go out and vote then it shows bcbc that we care about our community and that we will not sit back quietly any more and listen to excuses. I wish my fellow candidates the best of luck tomorrow and I hope that whoever is elected, we all get behind them. There's a lot of work needed to be done in Coity, including the areas that fall into Litchard and Pendre, so we need to ensure that we stand as one to bring about the changes that are needed. ... See MoreSee Less
In light of the recent confusion and now apparent confirmation that the new 7-year waste collection and recycling contract has been awarded along with the controversial “two bag” rule and “bin police” Change For Bridgend Independent candidates are quite rightly being asked for our position on the ma...
In a few short hours, the polls will open.
There is a big decision facing you as you choose who will represent Coity as your County Borough and Community Councillors.
Coity has changed significantly since the last elections in 2012, it has grown from a tight knit village community to a large community as we have welcomed new friends and neighbours.
The challenges we face in Coity have changed and the way we tackle them also needs to change. Coity needs fresh thinking and new ideas, indeed our county borough needs the same.
What was right in 2012 is not the answer now and it will certainly not be the answer in 2022.
Coity is larger, the issues are greater and the job is bigger than ever. We need councillors with the vision and energy to face the challenges that the next FIVE years will bring and to fight for Coity.
Amanda Williams is the right choice to represent Coity as your County Borough Councillor. Those who know her will tell you about her relentless work ethic, her compassion and dedication to Coity.
She puts all she has into everything she does.
Amanda has thrown herself into community life since we moved to Coity in 2004. Whether it’s an organiser of events such as Jam in The Castle and Spirits in the Castle, as a parent governor of Coety school or the numerous other community activities she supports Amanda always puts in 100%.
Amanda will make an exceptional County Borough Councillor and I urge you to vote for her.
You will also be asked to vote for TWO community councillors to represent Coity.
Coity Higher Community Council could and should be doing so much more for us and as County Borough budgets are squeezed further the community council will need to take on more responsibility for the services that make a difference to our lives. It’s time for the community council to change and for that to happen we need a change of councillors.
It is a scandal that we only have two councillors for Coity when there are FIVE for Litchard and FOUR for Pendre and it is for that reason we need hard working and energetic community councillors.
Alison Hughes is my choice to represent Coity as one of your community councillors. Alison is another dedicated and hard-working candidate who will fight hard for us. Astute and with fresh thinking and ideas the community council is crying out for candidates like her who will always put duty above self-interest. Alison would be a credit to our community.
I have had the great honour to represent Coity since I was elected in a by-election last year. During that time, I believe I have worked hard to not only represent you at the community council but used my position to lobby on your behalf. I have also sought to raise the profile of the community council and the role it can play for example in development of the community access plan that I hope will lead to much sought after road safety measures.
There is a great deal more to be achieved and I am therefore seeking re-election so that I can complete the job I’ve started.
Amanda, Alison and I are standing together as a team to represent Coity. We recognise and respect the efforts who have served Coity before us but believe that the time has now come for change.
That change cannot come from the national political parties who will always put their agenda’s first. Local politics is about local representatives doing what is right for their communities.
On Thursday 4th May please vote for Amanda Williams as your County Borough Councillor and Alison Hughes & Martin Williams as your TWO community councillors.
We will put Coity first. We will do what’s right for Coity and we will fight for Coity.
Less than a week til the polls. It's all a bit daunting. I haven't done anything like this before! I'm worried I will look silly. I'm excited and scared about the possibilities. I've faced hostility and lies, but I always expected it. I won't bite. I won't comment. I'm not interested in tit for tats. I know that no matter what I say, those haters will still be there trying to cause trouble. Trying to make sure I don't get votes. It is hard, because I do care about what people think about me. But I remind myself why I've done this. Why I'm standing. I love coity! It's my home! I love Bridgend because I'm a Bridgend girl! Coity has such a fantastic community spirit. There are so many groups, who don't always see eye to eye, but what we do agree on is doing things for others and our community. So many volunteers giving up their time with no recognition. I know others love coity too and have given so many years to it. I commend them. However, I'm now in a position to give coity my full attention. I'm not intending to top up an income. The councillor role would be my job! No matter what part of coity we live in, old or new, there are so many battles. Battles I'm more than happy to take on. I want to make a difference. I've never been a member of a political party. I won't tow any party line. I will do what's best for coity. I'm hoping my friends and family who know me and what I'm capable of, as well as the residents of coity, will vote for me next Thursday. And that they know the best person for the job is someone who cares passionately about what they are doing. I know it's often an inconvenience to go out and vote as we are all so busy, but I promise I won't let anyone down if you could vote for me! I will fight for our ward, I will fight for our town, I will fight for our borough! ... See MoreSee Less