I have now set up a new Facebook page called simply Cllr. Roz Stirman. My contact details are readily available on that Page. I will also be holding a surgery hopefully the first Saturday of every month, in Helen's sandwich shop. The first one is on Saturday June 3rd at 10.00am to 12 noon. ... See MoreSee Less
We are fighting for the monies that both Labour and Tory Government have taken from the Miners since 1994/5. This money has been taken at a rate of 1m per-day,which equates to £8bn in total. We are looking to start a on-line Petition to call upon the U.K Government to review the Mineworkers Pension…
A community of communities.
Bridgend County Borough is a rich and varied local authority.
In many ways it could be said to be a community of communities, each with its own identity and challenges arising from their geography, heritage and the choices administrations of all colours have made over the decades.
Very few of us are satisfied with the performance of those who have represented us but it is a sad fact that some of our communities can legitimately hold a sense of grievance that they have been left behind and forgotten by the the decision makers in Angel street.
Some communities feel they have been punished for voting the "wrong way" others have loyally supported the majority party yet have been taken for granted.
The truth is that as an authority BCBC have very little interest in our diverse communities, they don't "get it".
Independent candidates who have come together to form Change for Bridgend believe that the communities are at the heart of our county borough and it is through our communities working together that we can collectively meet the challenges that BCBC faces over the next 5 years.
We have already outlined how we would make each cabinet member accountable for representing the interests of an area of the borough.
We will also seek to develop more meaningful partnerships with our town & community councils and other local groups to develop and deliver services that are focussed on the needs of particular communities rather than an ill fitting "top down" one size fits all solution.
We will encourage community councils to become more self confident, to deliver more and take ownership of community assets and services.
We recognise that not every community council currently has the appetite or capability to take on a greater role.
Often cost is cited as stopping our community councils from providing training for their community councillors.
We need enthusiastic and capable Community councillors who are well trained to do their role so they're better equipped to help their communities.
Therefore, we will invest in providing training via One Voice Wales for ALL community Councils should we be in a position to do so after May.
We will also agree to provide similar training for town and community council clerks to ensure there is consistent and capable governance of community councils throughout the county borough.
We believe that communities are best placed to understand and meet the challenges they face. We will support them by not only providing training but where community councils can demonstrate that they can deliver services and maintain assets more effectively than BCBC, we will transfer the responsibility and pay them to do it.
We will encourage communities to collaborate with each other sharing experiences, forming joint ventures for the delivery or procurement of services. We would also support joint clerk/admin arrangements.
We will establish area forums including BCBC councillors & officers, community councillors, local groups and third sector organisations that will act as a catalyst for community development.
Independent candidates who came together to form Change For Bridgend understand our communities, we are passionate about them and believe that just as we have come together our communities can come together to bring CHANGE FOR BRIDGEND
What a lovely day, I spent most of the morning talking to people in LLangeinor and seeking their opinions and comments on the way forward with BCBC. Some very enlightening and forward thinking comments, thank you all so much both for the warm welcome and words of encouragement. I understand there are more than 30 independent candidates standing for wards throughout BCBC, together we can bring about real improvements in council run services. ... 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 matter.
We have therefore set out our collective response to your reasonable questions below.
1 – Do Change For Bridgend Independents agree with and support the new contract and “two bag” rule?
2 – Why?
Because it penalises residents without offering solutions to make recycling easier and increase the range of materials that can be recycled.
A household of 5 could recycle diligently yet struggle to keep to the 2-bag limit.
We are also unhappy that a new 7-year contract has been signed with the incumbent just before the elections tying the hands of the next council.
There are already grave concerns over the performance of the existing contractor and their ability to manage further change going forward, especially with the new unannounced changes in how residents make queries.
3 – Will you cancel it?
Honestly, we don’t know. Despite requests to BCBC we do not know the form of contract or its details. It would be rash to make a promise to cancel it.
We will conduct a thorough review of the contract and the whole two bag/education & enforcement officer policy. It could be that the “two bag rule” and the Kier contract are not contractually linked, therefore, it may be possible to cancel the limit.
We already know that the Education & Enforcement officers will be funded by fines under a separate agreement. That could therefore be looked at very carefully.
We will review what we have and make the best decision for YOU based on the facts.
4 – What would you do?
Conduct a thorough review of waste and recycling services including the Kier contract.
We will properly listen to what the residents want.
Seek to expand the range of materials that can be recycled. Investigate ways of ENCOURAGING recycling, community schemes, more flexible collections etc.
Assuming the contract stands we will ensure that its robustly managed making full use of EVERY contractual lever to ensure that costs are minimised and service improved.
Please use your vote to bring CHANGE FOR BRIDGEND on 4th May! ... See MoreSee Less
Due to new guidance from the Electoral Commission on Social Media posts made by Candidates in the run up to Elections, I wish to make the following statement:-
I am running as a Candidate in the Local Authority Elections on 4th May 2017 for Llangeinor Ward in Bridgend County Borough Council. I am promoted by Councillor David Unwin, 28 Esgair Y Maes, Bridgend, CF31 5BL.
My profile has been changed in order to reflect this.