Latest news from Bridgend County Borough

Action against anti-social behaviour

Young drivers congregating at night in the Bowls Hall car park of Bridgend Life Centre are to be targeted as part of an anti-social behaviour campaign. Bridgend County Borough Council and South Wales Police will take action following complaints from local residents of excessive noise, road safety concerns and nuisance behaviour. The council has invested in new, improved lighting within the car park, and will install improved CCTV coverage and additional bollards as well as new anti-reverse barriers on the exit. South Wales Police will carry out additional patrols and where necessary will issue Section 59 notices to anyone driving a vehicle in a manner which causes nuisance or inconvenience to other road users or members of the public. Anyone who commits further breaches after receiving a Section 59 notice risks having their vehicle removed. To report anti-social behaviour, email [email protected] or calling 101. In the event of an emergency, call 999.


Five steps for keeping staff and customers safe

Employers are being asked to follow five key steps to help keep people safe at work. The steps, set out by the Welsh Government, are to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment; to help staff to work from home whenever possible; to ensure that two-metre physical distancing is maintained on the premises; to help reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19 by e.g. increasing cleaning; and to actively implement the Test, Trace, Protect initiative within the workplace. For detailed guidance on working safely during the pandemic, visit the Healthy Working Wales website which features information from UK Government, Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, NHS Direct Wales, the Health and Safety Executive and more.


Childcare scheme opens on Monday

Residents are being reminded that applications for Welsh Government’s Childcare Offer for Wales, can begin on Monday 10 August for children who were three years old between 1 January – 31 March 2020. Later, on 31 August, applications will open for children who were three years old between 1 April – 31 August 2020. The scheme provides 30 hours of early education and childcare for the working parents of three and four year olds, and you can find out more at the council website.


Further details confirmed for reopening of leisure facilities

Following new lockdown guidance from Welsh Government, Bridgend County Borough Council and its leisure partners Halo have confirmed further details for the safe, phased reopening of local leisure facilities. On Monday 10 August, Bridgend Life Centre will reopen for the gym, group exercise classes and the toning suite. Maesteg Sports Centre will reopen for the gym and group exercise classes, and at Ynysawdre Fitness Centre, the gym will be available once more. On Wednesday 12 August, both the Garw Valley Life Centre and Ogmore Valley Life Centre will reopen for the gym and group exercise classes. On Tuesday 1 September, the gym at both Pencoed Swimming Pool and Pyle Swimming Pool will reopen. Please note that in order to ensure social distancing can be maintained, all activities must be pre-booked in advance. Arrangements for the reopening of swimming pools will be announced soon.


Increase in self-isolation period

Residents are being reminded that anyone who develops coronavirus symptoms must now self-isolate for 10 days. The 10-day period begins on the day that symptoms start or, if asymptomatic, from the day a test is taken. UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed to increase the isolation period following new evidence that coronavirus can be transmitted beyond seven days after symptoms start.


Could you adopt a child?

The National Adoption Service is encouraging residents of Bridgend County Borough to contact Western Bay Adoption and find out more about becoming an adopter for a child or young person. For more information, visit the Western Bay Adoption website.


New careers in social care

Interest in careers within social care have soared as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. People from a wide range of different backgrounds have found new work supporting the county borough’s most vulnerable residents, while others who have previously worked in this area have also come forward to offer their skills and experience. With a fast-tracked application process and rapid refresher training course available, the council is keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in finding out more. Further details are available at the job pages on the council’s website.