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.
We’d like to thank everyone your support during this unbelievable year. It’s hard to comprehend what we’ve achieved in 2017 yet we’ve barely scratched the surface. we couldn’t have done it without your support and your belief that change is possible.
There is still so much to be done and we look forward to working with old friends and new in 2018.
Merry Christmas and here’s to an even more successful 2018.
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?
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...
Two irish traveller types chased off property in cefn glas. They were checking back gardens without permission. One older guy in blue suit and his son dark clothing. Heading towards bryntirion. Be on the look out.
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.
We are extremely concerned at this news and call upon BCBC to carry out a full and transparent review.
Whilst we are of course alarmed at any overpayments at a time when they are cutting the education budget by £800,000 and cutting back essential services we are deeply troubled that people and families in need may have been pushed further into hardship as a result of underpayments.
We await the outcome of the Audit Committee.
28th September sees a by election in the Bettws Ward of Garw Valley Community Council.
We're delighted that Neal Scorer is standing to represent Bettws as an independent councillor.
There is no place for party politics in our community councils.
Vote for Neal Scorer, the Independent choice for Bettws.
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.