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
Hello to all. Please take the time out to read the link below on our page about the councils new recycling and waste implications.
We understand that we're all paying enough council tax already and shouldn't have to pay for additional waste collections.
But to make life easier and hopefully boost our service Davies Waste is offering Bin Bag collections of 3 bags per collection, collecting the opposite weeks to the council.
For just £10 per month (based on 4 week month) we'll take up to 6 bags per household.
No separating or recycling required, as we do the recycling for you.
Please get in touch if you would like to sign up to our unique, very reliable service.
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Some of you may think "what's this five a day malarkey got to do with us here in the valley, it's mostly about what happens in Bridgend?" The Valley Team are supported by Change for Bridgend and will adopt some of the 'five a day' policies but we recognise there are more pressing and local issues of concern to our Community. In the coming weeks we will be addressing many of these issues and advising you of our proposals for dealing with them. In the meantime we really want to hear your ideas, and concerns, no matter how large or how insignificant you think they are so please contact us by commenting below or, if you prefer, by PM. ... See MoreSee Less
It's okay all have a look at agenda item 8. Public money on Newsletters telling the community how good serving Cllrs are. Make sure they are delivered before May of course. Some Cllrs saying they can distribute whilst campaigning others pointing out no as can't be "seen as electioneering". Public money mind, strange why this is done now not four years ago ... See MoreSee Less
The foundations of Change For Bridgend are built on Democracy.
The ethos of Change For Bridgend is Democracy.
The future of Local Authority governance is based in Democracy.
For too long areas of Bridgend County have not been given their right under democratic process to choose the person they want to represent them at BCBC level. That decision has been made at Labour Selection Panel meetings where a Candidate is chosen based on their loyalty to the Party, then uncontested they are appointed as a Councillor as nobody stands against them. Indeed BCBC Leader Cllr Huw David was not elected as a Councillor for Cefn Cribbwr in 2012, nobody stood against him and he returned without a single vote being cast for him.
The more worrying situation can be found in the Garw Valley where some people have not been able to have a Democrat Voice for over a Decade.
Llangeinor Ward 2012 Uncontested
Pontycymmer Ward 2008 Uncontested & 2012 Uncontested
This is an afront to Democracy and Change For Bridgend is proud to be supporting Independent Candidates in both these Wards for the Local Authority Elections of 2017
Roz Stirman For Llangeinor Ward
Claire Walters For Pontycymmer Ward
A lack of Democracy creates a complacency .
A lack of Democracy creates Councillors not pushing themselves to earn your vote.
A lack of Democracy removes peoples voice.
On May 4th 2017 Change For Bridgend gives the people of the Garw Valley their democratic voice.
Vote Change For The Garw Valley
Vote Change For Bridgend