Latest Bridgend News – 29 March 2023

Grab your tickets for Ospreys Euro Challenge Cup game in Bridgend

Tickets are now on sale for the crucial European Challenge Cup match between the Ospreys and Sale Sharks at Bridgend’s Dunraven Brewery Field on April 6.

The eagerly anticipated match is the first topflight European rugby match to be held at the venue since January 2004.

Various household names from the world of rugby are expected to be in action.

Fans can expect:

  • Knockout rugby
  • A festival atmosphere
  • Live entertainment
  • A beer festival
  • A wide selection food

Visit the Ospreys website to secure your ticket.


Missed waste and recycling kerbside collections in Cefn Cribwr

This week Kier are having issues with their smaller narrow access vehicle that services properties that might be in rural areas or in a street too narrow to access with a normal collection truck, resulting in some missed collections in Cefn Cribwr.

Residents are asked to leave their waste out and Kier will return to collect as soon as possible. Kier will be working Saturday and Sunday to clear any backlogs.


Reminder: Changes to recycling and waste collections over the Easter period

There are some planned changes to recycling and waste collections over the Easter holiday period:


  • Collections will take place as normal on Friday 29 March 2024 (Good Friday)


  • Collections due the week commencing Monday 1 April 2024 will be collected one day later than usual


Community Recycling Centres at Pyle, Brynmenyn and Maesteg will remain open as normal, with summer operating hours commencing from Easter Monday 1 April:


  • Monday – Friday 8.30am – 7pm
  • Saturday and Sunday – 8.30am – 5pm.


Porthcawl crossing works pause to avoid peak trade and visitor periods

Work on the installation of the second of two new pedestrian crossings in Porthcawl has had to be postponed in order to avoid causing disruption during the spring and summer tourist season.

The construction of the two new crossings was originally scheduled to take place between January and April in order to avoid peak trade and visitor periods within the popular seaside town. However, contractors working on behalf of Aldi have now confirmed that neither crossing is going to be finished before the April bank holiday weekend as originally planned.

The first crossing, which is located near the Portway, is almost complete and requires lighting units and power to be installed before it can be used. As Aldi have confirmed that this final work can take place without causing further significant disruption or inconvenience, the crossing is expected to be available for use very soon.

Associated works to provide a new pedestrian link through to Hillsboro Place are also being finalised, and Aldi have further confirmed that the link will soon be ready for use.

The delay will mainly affect the construction of the second crossing, which is located on the Eastern Promenade opposite the entrance to Coney Beach funfair. This has already been rescheduled, and will now take place during the autumn and winter period.

Cllr John Spanswick, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment, said: “Both crossings form part of a package of highway, pedestrian and cycleway improvements that the council negotiated while granting permission for the development of the new food store at nearby Salt Lake, and residents can be assured that both Aldi and the council remain committed towards their delivery.”


Work resumes on Sunnyside Wellness Village in Bridgend

Work is to resume on the construction of an all-new health care centre and 59 affordable homes close to Bridgend town centre later this month.

Linc Cymru have appointed Welsh firm Wynne Construction to complete the Sunnyside Wellness Village, which is being developed on the site of the council’s former Sunnyside offices and the town’s old magistrates court.

Work on the new three-storey centre originally started at the site in 2021, but had to stop after a previous contractor went into administration, forcing Linc Cymru to launch a new procurement process and look for an alternative contractor with appropriate experience of constructing integrated health care and housing developments.

Cllr Rhys Goode, Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Regeneration, said: “I am delighted to see that work is restarting on the development of this new community facility.

“Once completed, the site is going to offer 59 much-needed affordable homes along with a GP Practice, community dental services, a pharmacy and clinics specialising in adult audiology, speech and language, podiatry, sexual health and more, all of which will support the development of a vibrant, sustainable community within the town centre area.”

The project is being carried out by Linc Cymru in partnership with Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, and with the support of Bridgend County Borough Council and Welsh Government.

With the new homes expected to be ready early in 2026 and the healthcare centre opening in late 2025, it will cater for patients who currently use the Bridgend Group Practice, Ashfield and Newcastle surgeries, and Bryncethin, Bryntirion and Quarella Road clinics.

A ‘meet the contractor’ event will take place between 2pm-6pm on Tuesday 23 April at nearby Bridgend Life Centre to give residents an opportunity to speak to representatives from Wynne Construction, ask questions and find out more about how the work will take place.


Huw David, County Borough Councillor for Pyle, Kenfig Hill & Cefn Cribwr

Office Tel: 01656 643225, Email: [email protected]