Cabinet agrees budget proposals
Budget proposals for 2022-23 have been agreed by Cabinet following a record 9.2 per cent increase in funding from Welsh Government. With an additional £19.6m to support the medium-term financial strategy for next year, the proposals are now before overview and scrutiny committees for consultation before being discussed and voted upon by full Council. If approved, the budget proposals will mean that council tax will not be increased for 2022-23, and there will be no significant cuts to frontline services. To find out more, visit the council website.
Plans for Brackla school revealed
A new £12.6m state of the art school is set to be built on land located off Ffordd Cadfan in Brackla. The school will provide Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr with larger, more modern premises, a new 90-place nursery and a new Welsh-medium observation and assessment facility. The council will then look at how the school’s former site could be used to provide a new English medium primary.
Nursery class at Nantyffyllon Primary
Due to staffing issues linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, parents and carers have been informed that the nursery class at Nantyffyllon Primary School will be temporarily closed until at least Thursday 20 January. The situation is being closely monitored and the school will re-evaluate the position on Wednesday before issuing a further update.
Removal of Llanharan railway footbridge
Residents in Pencoed area are being advised that local traffic may be affected by the removal of a footbridge in neighbouring Llanharan later this week. The footbridge will be removed overnight on Thursday January 20 and Saturday January 22. The construction of a new footbridge will then commence in early February 2022.
Get funding for winter heating
Residents in Bridgend County Borough are urged to take advantage of funding from Welsh Government which is helping keep people warm this winter. Designed to support eligible households with the cost of heating their homes throughout the winter months, the scheme offers applicants a one-off £100 payment and forms part of a Wales-wide initiative. Find out more and make an application by visiting the local authority’s winter fuel support page.
Flu vaccine catch-up clinics
Flu vaccine catch-up clinics have been made available for children who missed their appointment in school or at the GP. Clinics are available for children aged 2 (before 31 August 2021) up to year 11 in school. Drop-in appointments are available at Bridgend Community Vaccination Centre (Ravens Court CF31 4AP) on 22 and 23 January from 9am until 4pm. No booking is required. Find out more about the flu vaccine on Public Health Wales website.
Nursery admissions now open
Applications for full-time nursery in September 2022 and part-time nursery in January or April 2023 are now open. The closing date for the receipt of applications for full-time nursery is Friday 25 March 2022 at 4pm and parents and carers should be notified of the status of their application by Monday 16 May 2022. The closing date for the receipt of applications for part-time nursery is Friday 27 August 2022 at 4pm and parents and carers should be notified of the status of their application by 31 October 2022. Apply online by signing up to My Account and visit our website for more information.
Free orienteering event
A free park orienteering event is being held at Bryngarw Country Park on February 5 as part of the Winter of Wellbeing programme. The event is free to under-25s and accompanying adults, and £5 to non-members over the age of 25. Book your space on eventbrite.
Applications open for Halo Sport Foundation
Local sporting talent is being called upon to apply for the Halo Sport Foundation. The next round of applications is open until 20 February 2022 and offers eligible athletes, living or studying in Bridgend and a member of an affiliated sports club, the chance to apply for support with things such as free memberships. You can find out more, on the Halo Sport Foundation website.
Have your say on Digital Christmas campaign
Businesses in Bridgend County Borough are being asked to voice their opinion on the recent ‘spend Christmas in your town centre’ initiative. Funded through Welsh Government’s support for town centres, the initiative included a Digital Christmas website, town centre apps, radio/print adverts and YouTube films with the aim of encouraging people to shop locally.
Give blood this January
The Welsh Blood Service is seeking donors. Appointments are available in Bridgend County Borough at the Heronston Hotel on 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.
One week left to have your say
There is still time to have your say on £17m proposals for replacing the Penprysg road bridge in Pencoed 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.
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.
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
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.