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Mayor & Deputy Mayor for 2019-20

At an extraordinary meeting of Bridgend Town Council on Tuesday 4th June 2019, Councillor Alan Wathan was appointed Mayor of Bridgend Town Council.  The Mayor declared that his Consort would be Mrs Marlene Wathan. Councillor Steven Bletsoe was appointed Deputy Mayor and declared that his Consort would be Councillor Freya Bletsoe.

The role of Mayor is still important– even in the 21st century. The origins of the role are to be found following the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century. The power of the Mayor has diminished through the centuries; however the office continues to have a central part to play within modern councils and modern society and part of this role is as a result of the tradition it inherits.

Prior to the 12th century the choice of Mayor was in reality very restricted but today‘s Mayors can and do come from any class, gender or ethnic background. The new diversity reflects the more open and democratic society we now live in.

The Mayor is the Chairman of the Council and is the representative of the Town on civic matters. The Mayor, if present, presides over full Town Council meetings and makes sure the meetings are used as a forum for debate concerning matters which affect the local community.

Councillor Wathan said “ I would like to thank Bridgend Town Council for their trust and I will carry out my duties with impartiality, integrity and honesty”

Nominate a local business for a Bridgend Town Council Business Award

Bridgend Town Council is looking for nominations for their new Business Awards Scheme for 2018/19.

Bridgend has a diverse range of successful businesses and the Town Council has created a new annual business awards scheme to acknowledge the positive contributions made towards community life from businesses operating within the three Town Council wards of Morfa, Oldcastle and Newcastle. 

Anyone can nominate a business for one or more awards in the following categories:

  • 1. Best Shop Front Award
  • 2. Best Customer Service Award
  • 3. Disability Awareness Award* 
    *This award is in conjunction with the Bridgend Coalition of Disabled People and Heronsbridge School.
  • 4. The Best New Business Award
  • 5. The Business Community Award

Councillor Steven Bletsoe, Chair of the BTC Regeneration Advisory Committee said, “Bridgend has a fantastic variety of local businesses; some that are well established and others that are just starting out. The new Town Council Business Awards Scheme will acknowledge some of the achievements and success stories of these businesses and we want to hear from the local community to nominate businesses that deserve one of our awards.”

Nominations for the 2018-19 awards are open and the closing date for nominations is 31st March 2019.

Download a BTC Business Awards Nomination Form. Completed forms can be emailed to or posted to Bridgend Town Council, Carnegie House, Wyndham Street, Bridgend, CF31 1EF.

A judging panel has been appointed by the BTC Regeneration Advisory Committee and awards will presented to the winners at a presentation evening on the evening of the full Town Council meeting on 15th April 2019.

Mayor & Deputy Mayor for 2018-19

Cllr. Paul Warren has been elected as Mayor for the year 2018-19 and chose Mrs Warren as Mayoress.

Cllr. Angela Morelli has been elected as Deputy Mayor for the year 2018-19.

Co-option of Youth Members to Town Council

Bridgend Town Council has determined to co-opt two Youth Members onto the Town Council; the positions will be non-voting.

The co-opted Youth Members will be drawn from those young people, over 16, who reside within the three Town Wards of Morfa, Oldcastle and Newcastle; See maps below for our ward boundaries.

Map of Bridgend Town Council Ward Boundaries - Oldcastle

Map of Bridgend Town Council Ward Boundaries - Newcastle and Morfa

Please see document below for full background details of the co-option and how to apply.

Youth Co-option:

Bridgend Town Council has determined to co-opt two Youth Members onto the Town Council; the two positions are non -voting.

The co-opted Youth Members will be drawn from those young people, over 16, who live within the three Town Wards of Morfa, Oldcastle and Newcastle (see map of ward boundaries).

The co-option will run until the end of this academic year.

Background Information

Bridgend Town Council is an elected body of 19 councillors of all political persuasions who meet monthly on the third Monday at 7pm to discuss matters primarily of local Bridgend Town importance – but sometimes can include discussions on issues which are at regional or national importance.

Once elected – usually every 4-5 years, the Council has traditionally tried to leave “political” views to one side and act collectively in the interests of the residents of the Bridgend Town area.

Naturally, based in a commercial area, - we take a view on all matters that affect our Town Centre where we welcome many visitors and shoppers from near and far; - but equally take an interest in residential areas, local schools and community organisations that have an impact and a contribution to local community life.

Our meetings are open to the public and press who are entitled to record and report on anything that may be said in debate.

Council is headed by an annually elected Mayor from the members; and various committees make up the full total of the business of the Council – all of whom report monthly or periodically to the full Council so that all members are aware of decisions taken or projects suggested as part of Council life.

Council tries to reflect all the local views of the residents as they see them, but it may well be that due to the ages and experience of members, the ideas and views of younger people are sometimes overlooked or not always considered in determinations.

As a Council we simply need to hear the views of the younger generation - hence our invitation to young people who are not currently entitled to a vote at elections to express their points of view.

This experience on offer will hope to show the difference between full County Borough Council – namely BCBC based in Bridgend – and Town and Community Councils that have a much more local basis and can sometimes deal with issues that crop up and be more speedily resolved for the benefit of local residents.

We hope this brief outline of the situation will help you decide the way forward, but our Town Clerk, Nigel Kinsey , would be delighted to speak with you on any matter before you might decide to consider applying.

We feel that this is a great opportunity for those young people interested in local politics and issues and will give a first- hand insight into how local councils operate.

How to Apply

If you would like to become a co-opted Youth Member of Bridgend Town Council, please send a letter expressing your interest, outlining your background and why you are interested in becoming a Youth Member of the Town Council.

Applications to be sent to the Town Clerk, at the above address, or by e-mail to

The successful applicants will be notified of the Town Council’s decision following the receipt and consideration by Members of all applications.

Arts Hub at Carnegie House:

Bridgend Town Council relocated to the old library building on Wyndham Street in January 2014. The building was erected in 1907 with a grant of £2000 from the Carnegie Trust and to pay tribute to the past, the building has been renamed Carnegie House/Ty Carnegie. The 1st floor of the building accommodates Bridgend Town Council Chamber and staff office, whilst the ground floor and small galleria area on the 1st floor are designated for an Arts and Cultural Hub.

The aim of Carnegie House Arts & Culture Hub is to provide a high standard of Art and Cultural events and activities. This will include a programme of professional art and cultural events as well as community activities that encourage local people to get involved in the arts in all its different aspects. Uses of the venue could include live performance, arts classes, workshops, musical events and exhibitions.