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...
Change For Bridgend launched less than six months ago yet in that time a team of Independent 7 candidates have come together to represent the three Wards of Coity Higher Community Council.
For the first time in many years there will be an election in each ward, the days of a cosy club having their own way by slotting their candidates in unopposed is at an end.
With 7 strong independent candidates standing and 11 seats on the council YOU now have the opportunity to elect a council with an independent majority ending years of party political control.
The candidates for each Ward are:
It’s time for Change in Coity Higher.
Your '5 a day' at 5
Over the next ten days, at 5:00, we will be publishing 5 Principles of Change. These principles will detail our priorities for a Change for Bridgend.
1. In response to the challenging financial climate, we will develop a strategy for transformational change of council run services. Recognising the unprecedented financial challenges facing the Council, the proactive strategy will seek to reshape the way in which we work in order to mitigate the effect of the impact of cuts and assist in continuing to provide priority services.
2. We will carry out a full review of all service contracts to ensure the public are getting full value for money and all contracts are fit for purpose.
3. We will engage with traders and other key partners across the Borough to look at innovative ideas and opportunities to encourage greater footfall not only from those living in the area, but also outside it.
4. We will proactively engage with key partners to encourage inward investment into the Borough, creating investment zones.
5. We will work positively with relevant regulatory agencies to ensure Borough services are delivering high quality services to those most in need.
I am pleased to announce that I will be standing as an independent candidate in the Pendre Ward for the forthcoming May elections. I am doing this with the outstanding support the Change for Bridgend group has given me, along with a few friends and family.
I have lived in Bridgend my whole life and have an unbreakable bond to the town. I only want the very best for the place we call home and have myself become disillusioned with the way the county is being run. I thought long and hard about if I could offer anything on a personal level to Bridgend and came to the conclusion that I could be a better councillor than those that have stood before me.
I am a self driven non-political man. I am not interested in party politics at local government level which is why I have never been a member of a party. I believe that the best councillor is an independent one, not one taking orders from the party they represent.
My only concern is the people of my Ward. Which is why your policies will become my polices, your priorities will be my priorities and your desire for change will increase my drive to change things.
I will carry all of this out in a no-nonsense and clear manner, with no political parties holding me back and not a worry who in the council I upset in the process.
I hope to make the people of Pendre proud. By voting for me to be your new councillor in May, I will make sure that will become reality.
So it's February tomorrow so three months before Election Day
Two months before nominations close.
The good news is that we have two provisional community council candidates and a BCBC candidate.
Remember that there are 4 community council seats up for grabs and 1 BCBC.
Pendre is doesn't have a dedicated residents' Facebook group so campaigning will require a bit of leg work and making sure we have plenty of people out there who want independently minded councillors and are prepared to spread the word to their friends and neighbours.
Having said that Facebook really helps to get the message out there so please invite Pendre friends and neighbours to this group. ... See MoreSee Less