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Latest news from Bridgend County Borough 12 September 2021

Work continues on Heol Mostyn junction

Work is continuing to take place at the Heol Mostyn junction of the A48 ahead of the opening of a new community recycling centre on the Village Farm Industrial Estate. To improve traffic flow, avoid congestion and prevent vehicles from queuing, a dedicated lane for turning into and out of the estate off the A48 is being created. Some additional works have been necessary due to issues with drainage conditions, but the project is due to be completed by mid-October, after which some additional carriageway resurfacing will be necessary. When it opens later this year, the new Community Recycling Centre will offer a modern waste facility with parking bays for 31 cars, on-site queuing capacity for up to 72 vehicles at a time and more.

 

Resurfacing works planned along Ewenny Road

The latest round of investment into the local highways network will see resurfacing works taking place along Ewenny Road between the Five Bells pub and Heronston School on Sunday 12 September and Sunday 19 September. While every effort will be made to minimise inconvenience, driver are being advised that there may be temporary delays along the A473 Cowbridge Road and Ewenny Road.

 

Pavilion reopens for sport teams

The South Pavilion in Newbridge Fields has reopened to support local sports teams. While changing facilities and toilets are available and new electrical wiring and cladding have been installed, work remains ongoing to bring shower facilities back on line following a mechanical failure. The council is looking at options to remedy this and also remains committed towards re-developing the facilities as part of its ongoing review of Newbridge Fields.

 

New seedling school proposal

Proposals that could result in the development of an all-new Welsh-medium seedling school are to be discussed by Cabinet members following Welsh Government’s recent announcement over the next phase of its capital grant scheme for Welsh-medium education. If agreed, the council will explore options for adding the seedling school to existing plans that aim to create a new Welsh-medium childcare facility in the Porthcawl area. Cabinet has previously provided approval in principle for the development of a one-form entry Welsh-medium school as part of its ongoing school modernisation programme, aligned to the development of the Porthcawl Regeneration Scheme.

 

Park and ride still planned

Bridgend County Borough Council has confirmed that it still intends to deliver an improved park and ride facility for Pyle despite recent news announcing that funding for the project must be invested into a new Metro bus facility instead. The status of the park and ride has been updated and reclassed as a longer-term goal for the authority after difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic meant that it could not be delivered within the time-limits of the current City Deal funding programme. Instead, that funding will be invested into the all-new bus facility project which is being developed at Salt Lake in Porthcawl to link in with the wider regional Metro network for visitors and residents. Plans for the new bus facility are in development and feature a modern canopy and shelter design with digital information boards, room for around four bus bays, capacity for accommodating electric vehicles and more – look out for further details soon.

 

Changes to hospital visits

Due to a rise in patients with Covid-19, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has had to restrict visits to hospitals in order to protect patients and staff. This means that people will now only be able to visit hospitals if a patient is receiving end-of-life care and the visit has been agreed in advance. For pregnant women, one partner or support person will be able to accompany them once they are confirmed as being in labour. This includes the immediate post-natal period prior to them transferring either home or to a postnatal area. One person will be able to accompany patients within paediatric and neonatal areas as agreed with the clinical team. However, no visiting will be allowed on either the antenatal or postnatal wards – for more details visit the health board website.

 

Council leaders issue ‘be alert’ warning

The leaders of all three councils across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board region are urging residents to heed the warning signs of rising coronavirus cases within local hospitals, and to take precautions against catching or spreading the virus. The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases across Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend county borough has increased by 32 per cent over the last seven days with more than 3,300 news cases confirmed. Bridgend council leader Huw David said: “The health and safety of patients, visitors and staff must remain a top priority, and I hope that communities throughout Bridgend County Borough and the wider Cwm Taf region will offer their support and understanding during this challenging time.” Free home-testing kits remain available, and anyone who is experiencing symptoms of coronavirus can access a range of mobile testing facilities – visit the Welsh Government website for more details.

 

Walk-in centres offer second vaccine dose

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has announced that people who are overdue for their second Covid-19 vaccination can now walk in to any community vaccination centre for their second jab without an appointment. The offer is available to those who received their first dose of the vaccine eight weeks ago or more, and applies to every community vaccination centre in the health board area. This includes Ravens Court in Bridgend town centre (CF31 4AP) where walk-in appointments are available between 9.15am and 4.30pm. Details of other vaccination centres in the region are available on the health board website, which is updated weekly.

 

Mobile testing arrangements

Free mobile testing for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 remains available in Bridgend County Borough with sites currently based at Porthcawl, Coity and Bridgend town centre. Testing is available at Porthcawl RFC (CF36 3DH) from 9am to 5pm all week, including Saturday and Sunday. This site incorporates both a drive-through testing facility, which must be booked in advance, and a walk-in option where no booking is required. Drive-through testing is also available at Coity and Litchard Community Centre (CF31 1PA) from 9am-5pm, and at the walk-through facility based at the Bowls Hall car park in Angel Street, Bridgend (CF31 4AH) which is available between 8am-8pm – booking for both of these sites is essential. You can arrange appointments by visiting the Welsh Government website or by calling 119 (18001119 for people with hearing or speech difficulties).

 

Changes to lateral flow test collection

The health board has announced that lateral flow testing kits are no longer available for collection from mobile testing sites, and will now need to be either ordered online for home delivery or picked up from a participating pharmacy. Further information, including details of how you can arrange to receive a free testing kit, are available at the Welsh Government website.

 

Help and support for 16-24 year olds

The Inspire 2 Work programme provides support and advice for school and college leavers on issues such as professional CV development, support to complete applications for college or work, access to free online training, interview skills, work experience, confidence building and more. Access the team’s online chat, call 01656 815146 or email [email protected]

 

Jobs fair set for town centre

The streets of Bridgend town centre will host a mobile jobs fair on Thursday 16 September. Taking place between 10am-2pm and with stalls along Dunraven Place, Caroline Street and more, dozens of local employers will be in attendance including South Wales Police, Avon Cosmetics, First Cymru Buses, Harlequin Home Care Ltd and A&R Cleaning Services. Staff will be available to provide information on a range of part-time, full-time, permanent and temporary vacancies as well as advice on training and opportunities for school and college graduates. The event has been organised by Employability Bridgend as part of the council’s partnership with Jobcentre Plus – find out more at the council website.

 

Emergency Services Day

The council and its partners marked Emergency Services Day earlier this week with a two-minute silence and by raising the 999 Flag outside the civic offices in Angel Street, Bridgend. Intended to remember, support and thank the millions of people who work and volunteer across the NHS and emergency services, you can find out more about the campaign by visiting the Emergency Services Day website.

 

More social care workers wanted

Bridgend County Borough Council wants to recruit social care workers and support workers across areas such as home care, reablement and young people’s services. To find out what jobs are available or to apply, visit the council website. The recruitment drive links in with a national campaign currently being run by Welsh Government and Social Care Wales which is aimed at promoting the benefits of working in care and encouraging people to apply for roles within the sector. For jobs across Wales, visit the WeCare Wales website or find out more via @WeCareWales on Twitter or Facebook.