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PRESS STATEMENT - 1st October 2018

Bridgend Remembrance Commemorations 2018

Unfortunately, several articles that have appeared in the press and on social media in the past few days have been factually incorrect. The decision regarding young children participating in this year's event was a recommendation from the Chair of Bridgend Branch, Royal British Legion and was not made by Bridgend Town Council.

Bridgend Town Council was informed of this decision at a meeting of the Military Advisory Committee on 17th January 2018. This is documented in the minutes of the meeting.

Over the past few years the parade has grown substantially in numbers. The Remembrance Service is held around the town war memorial, which is located in a confined area due to the layout of the town. Last year, there were approximately 500 individuals in the parade along with around 2000 spectators. These numbers are growing year on year.

In order to get all of the individuals participating in the parade near to the war memorial, attendees are having to stand in a heavily congested area. This is becoming increasingly unsafe.

Following a review of the 2017 parade, the Bridgend Branch of the Royal British Legion took the decision to change the format of this year’s event due to concerns regarding the welfare and safety of young children.

In 2017, a number of young children became very distressed due the congestion and length of the march and service. This was further exasperated by adverse weather conditions. Last year a number of young children had to be taken out of the parade to be with a family member and some needed medical attention from St John’s Ambulance Service.

This year, youth groups above secondary school age have been invited to participate in the Sunday Remembrance Parade and children in younger youth groups are invited to actively participate in a shorter family service to be held on Saturday 10th November.

The Saturday service will be specifically tailored for younger children to actively commemorate this important anniversary with their families in a safe environment. Young children will participate in a shorter parade, memorial service and will lay crosses and wreaths at the war memorial.

Younger children are not banned from attending the Sunday Remembrance Parade but will not be asked to participate in the parade.

This new format addresses concerns for the most vulnerable individuals in the parade and aims to make the event safer for everyone.

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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 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.