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Worried about the state of Bridgend Town Centre? Then make sure you record your say!
The public are invited to take part in Town Centre regeneration planning

Bridgend “First Impressions” – what do visitors to our town really see?

Friday 7th July 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm - Carnegie House, Wyndham Street, Bridgend

Bridgend County Borough Council Councillors along with Bridgend Town Councillors for the 3 Bridgend Town Centre Wards of Morfa, Oldcastle and Newcastle would like to invite members of the public to work with them in helping to make Bridgend town centre a better place to live, work and visit.

“We plan to hold a number of public focus groups over the next few months, starting with a session called “Bridgend First Impressions” which will ask participants to look at Bridgend town centre through the eyes of a visitor. We want these sessions to be constructive and proactive and to allow residents and other stakeholders to contribute their views and suggestions for the improvement of our town in a structured and measured way”

This is a chance for members of the public to record their views by completing a written town survey. After meeting at Carnegie House at 6.30 on Friday 7th July, small groups will be sent off to various access points to the town, including the Train Station, Bus Station, carparks and popular pedestrian routes and asked to survey their journey back into town through the eyes of a visitor who is unfamiliar with the town and recording the positive and negative points they discover along the way. This will be followed by a short meeting at Carnegie House where refreshments will be provided and participants will be able to hand back their completed surveys, discuss their findings and more importantly get the chance to meet their Town and County Councillors.

The feedback received during this event will allow an action plan to be drawn up which can be worked on by Bridgend County Borough Council, Bridgend Town Council and the BID Company, CF31, as well as highlighting any actions which require attention from external agencies and it is important that we gather the views of as many people as possible.

This is just the start of what is hoped to be a significant process of change for Bridgend Town Centre and more public focus groups will be arranged over the coming months which will tackle different aspects of Bridgend Town and it is hoped that other areas of Bridgend County Borough will benefit from similar organised consultations too.

Please respond to Cllr Nicole Burnett at cllr.nicole.burnett@bridgend.gov.uk or telephone 07773050830.

Mayor & Deputy Mayor for 2017-18

Cllr. Stuart Baldwin has been elected as Mayor for the year 2017-18 and chose Cllr Nicole Burnett as Mayoress.

Cllr. Paul Warren has been elected as Deputy Mayor for the year 2017-18 and chose his wife Mrs Claire Warren as his Consort.

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 bridgend.tc@bridgend.gov.uk

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.