Bridgend Bridge

About Bridgend Town Council

Bridgend Town Council is one of four Town Councils and 16 Community Councils in the County Borough of Bridgend on the southern coastal belt of the Principality.

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Our Responsibilities

  • Carnegie House Arts and Culture Hub
  • Outdoor tasks around Bridgend Town Centre
  • Administering the Evergreen Hall in Angel Street
  • Making charitable donations
  • Town Twinning with towns in Germany and France
  • Supporting and financing the annual Cenotaph Service and Armed Forces Day
  • Administering five allotment sites (125 plots)
  • Maintaining all registered footpaths within the Town Council area
  • Supplying street furniture to support BCBC
  • Organising Community Skip Schemes to assist in the removal of bulky refuse
  • Arranging summer floral displays and numerous small landscaping projects in the Bridgend Town
  • Controlling dog fouling with 25 bins throughout the area
  • Supporting children’s Play Schemes and equipment upgrades in play areas
  • Responsibility for providing all the Christmas Illuminations in Bridgend Town
  • Support for various annual street festivals
  • Giving 50% of the funding to Bridgend’s Shopmobility Scheme
  • Providing funding for additional street cleansing and gum removal
  • Providing additional winter grit bins
  • Custody of the War Memorial, Randall Memorial, Ruhamah Burial Ground and other features in Town
  • Commenting on any Planning Proposals within the Town Council Area

The Town Council is consulted by the County Borough Council regarding all matters within the Town Council area, in particular; planning applications. Members of the council sit on numerous charitable committees and various School Governing Bodies.

The Council’s affairs are administered by an appointed Town Clerk, with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor elected by the town councillors each year.

New Bridgend Town Mayor & Deputy Mayor

At a remote meeting of Bridgend Town Council on Monday 25th January 2021, Cllr Steven Bletsoe was appointed as the new Mayor of Bridgend Town Council.

Cllr Bletsoe has appointed his wife, Cllr Freya Bletsoe as Mayoress and will be supported by the new Deputy Mayor, Cllr Tim Wood.

Cllr Bletsoe has taken over the Mayoral role from Cllr Alan Wathan. The Town Council would like to thank Cllr Wathan for his support and dedication throughout his extended time as Mayor during the pandemic.

At the Council meeting, Cllr Bletsoe thanked Members of Bridgend Town Council for appointing him as their Chair and Mayor of Bridgend Town and pledged:

“To the residents of Bridgend, I promise to undertake all of my civic responsibilities to the best of my abilities at all times, representing you when required to do so”

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the usual ceremonial handing over of the Chains of Office could not take place, however the Declaration of Acceptance of Office was made publicly during the remote meeting.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information and advice

Bridgend Town Council has produced an information leaflet to provide community support to its local residents during the current outbreak of coronavirus.

View the Covid-19 Bridgend Town Council Communty Support Leaflet

What to do if you have been identified as being extremely vulnerable and need to request a free weekly food parcel

Residents in Bridgend county borough who have been identified as being extremely vulnerable and have no family or friends to help are being asked to call the local authority and request their free weekly food parcel.

Residents can contact Bridgend County Borough Council by calling 01656 643643 where they will then be asked to press ‘one’ and speak with a customer services advisor. 

Around 4,000 residents in the county borough are receiving letters from the chief medical officer urging them to stay at home for the next 12 weeks.

The letter is being sent to people who have been identified as needing to take extra steps to avoid catching coronavirus. 

Once residents have called the local authority, an assessment will be carried out to identify any support that is needed and if required, the individual will be able to make a request for a weekly food parcel to be delivered by a food provider arranged by Welsh Government.

The identical parcels contain essential supplies including pasta, cereal, fruit, tea bags and toilet paper. 

Bridgend County Borough Council is the first local authority in Wales to introduce a dedicated system for residents getting in contact over the letter they have received from the chief medical officer, with other local authorities looking to replicate the model.

Across Wales, around 70,000 letters are being sent to vulnerable people. 
Each person is given specific advice about how they can protect themselves, based on their individual needs. 

The guidance for people at the highest risk is:

  • Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
  • Do not leave your house for at least 12 weeks unless it is absolutely vital.
  • Visits from carers or healthcare workers, who would normally come and help with your daily needs or social care, will be able to carry on as normal.
  • Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces, for example family homes, weddings, parties and religious services.
  • Do not go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact.
  • Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP practice or other essential services as and when you need.

Residents who receive the letter are asked to contact Bridgend County Borough Council on 01656 643643 for help if they:

  • do not have family members who can help or
  • do not have a local support network of friends (or others) which can help, or
  • do not have support from a carer or community organisation which can help

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Contact details:

Bridgend Town Council, Carnegie House, Wyndham Street, Bridgend, CF31 1EF

Tel: 01656 815757

Office Hours: 9:00 - 2:00 p.m.