No changes to Covid-19 measures
Welsh Government has confirmed that alert level two measures will stay in place in Wales following the outcome of the latest regulations review. People must continue wearing a face covering in all indoor public places, meet no more than five other people at a café, restaurant, pub or other public premises, work from home if they can and not take part in any organised event indoors of more than 30 people or outdoors for more than 50 people.
Delays to free breakfast provision
The provision of free breakfast has been delayed to 17 January at five schools – Garth Primary School, Llangynwyd Primary School, Llangrallo Primary School, Croesty Primary School and Coety Primary School – due to staff capacity issues. Breakfast provisions at Brackla Primary School and Trelales Primary School remain closed due to ongoing recruitment issues.
Work begins on active travel route
The next phase of an active travel route which will link Coychurch and Bridgend got underway on 6 January 2022. The project, which is expected to take up to 12 weeks to complete, will focus on Cowbridge Road West to Brackla Street and will include upgrading traffic signals, widening pavements and resurfacing. Keep an eye out for further details which will be announced soon.
Popular cycle track to close temporarily
A section of cycle track in Ogmore Vale has closed while essential works are carried out. The work, which will see the installation of a new sewer to alleviate potential flood risk, is expected to be completed by the end of April 2022. A stretch of the track will remain closed for the duration of the works.
Give blood this new year
The Welsh Blood Service is seeking donors. Appointments are available in Bridgend County Borough at the Heronston Hotel on 14, 26, and 31 January and you can book online – please note that anyone who has recently received a Covid-19 vaccination must wait seven days before making a blood donation.
Have your say on Pencoed proposals
There is still time to have your say on £17m proposals for rebuilding the Penprysg road bridge to accommodate two-way traffic, creating a safe active travel bridge and closing the current level crossing. Complete the consultation online by 30 January or request an alternative format by emailing [email protected], calling 01656 643664 or writing to Communications, Marketing and Engagement, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4WB.
Mobile testing arrangements
Free mobile testing for anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 remains available at the former Revlon site in Maesteg (CF34 9TS) from 9am-5pm and is open all week except Tuesdays. This site incorporates a drive-through testing facility, which must be booked in advance. 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.
Careers in care
New time for Maesteg library event
Maesteg Library has announced that its popular Story Time and Craft event will now take place on Saturdays at 11am for a story and anytime until 12.30pm for a craft session. The change takes effect on January 8. Tomorrow’s event will see a story read about the seasons, followed by a calendar making. To book a place, call Maesteg Library on 01656 754835.
Jobs available in catering services
The Catering Services team is urgently looking for cooks, senior dining room assistants, assistant cooks, general kitchen assistants and more to help prepare and serve meals for children at local schools. With benefits ranging from flexible term-time working hours to a staff pension scheme, the Catering Services team offers excellent rates of pay such as £9.50 an hour for a general kitchen assistant. Continuous support is available as well as on-the-job training, and there are plenty of opportunities to study for further qualifications while working. Find out more by visiting the jobs pages at www.bridgend.gov.uk.
Apply for tenancy hardship grants
Tenants renting privately in Bridgend County Borough may be eligible for a Welsh Government grant aimed at helping those who have fallen behind on their rent due to Covid-19. The £10m grant was announced by Welsh Government earlier this year. To learn more about the grant and to check if you are eligible, visit the Welsh Government website. To make an application, please email [email protected] and include ‘THG Support Grant’ as the subject line of your email.