Bridgend County Independents are appalled to see the 22% rise in vacant commercial units in Bridgend Town.
BCBC are simply not doing enough for our County Town or to attract new businesses and support those already struggling to make ends meet.
In their annual report they describe the rise as "disappointing" and blame it on their own regeneration works.
They are finally admitting what traders have been saying for years. The Rhiw redevelopment has devastated footfall in the Market.
This administration have been letting our towns down for too long.
Where is the plan? Where is the action to back up their hollow words?
Things need to change.
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.
Bridgend's first take away dessert shop,coming to Nolton Street.
A selection of delicious ice creams and desserts including:
Coffee + hot drinks
And much more!!
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.
BCBC - Guess where sign is telling you it goes, sign 2 again where does it go that's if you can find the path threw the uncut grass, and what tourist information are Bridgend council trying to promote 🤔. What does Bridgend Council spend our council tax on they do no ground maintenance on housing estates picture of weeds, they don't keep their signage clear or maintained. The pics were taken on a short walk locally but I see many more when driving around. ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday I was approached by a resident of Morfa Ward to clarify a matter for them.
Over the years they have regularly baked Welsh Cakes for sale at events to raise money for Charitable Causes. Recently they had been advised that as they were not a commercial kitchen that they would have cease this practise and purchase cakes, unpack and present for sale.
This advice was apparently given to them by the Environmental Services Dept of BCBC through their Shared Regularity Services.
I have sent a referral through to our BCBC Cllrs to gain some kind of clarity on this matter, as it sounds odd to say the least ... See MoreSee Less
Today I have sought clarification from elected BCBC Councillors for Morfa Ward on any commercial properties who have installed so called "Mosquito" alarms which are designed to disperse people under 25.
It is my opinion that these alarms have no place in a Town Centre and I also question their legality.
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
Anyone know what's happening with the cladding work that is supposed to be happening in wildmill?? Work seems to have stopped and the couple of piles of insulation/cladding has disappeared ... See MoreSee Less