Agenda and minutes

Combined meeting of Subject Overview and Scrutiny Committee 3 and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Subject Overview and Scrutiny Committee 3 - Monday, 26th April, 2021 09:30

Venue: remotely via Microsoft Teams

Contact: Democratic Services 


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Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of personal and prejudicial interest (if any) from Members/Officers in accordance with the provisions of the Members Code of Conduct adopted by Council from 1 September 2008 (including whipping declarations)





Cllr SE Baldwin declared a personal interest in item 4, as he was a Member of the Town Hall Trust.



Approval of Minutes pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To receive for approval the minutes of the meeting of the 17/12/20



RESOLVED:                      That the Minutes of a meeting of Subject Overview and Scrutiny Committee 3 dated 17 December 2020 be approved as a true and accurate record.


Bridgend Town Centre Regeneration Masterplan and Consultation pdf icon PDF 93 KB



Councillor Huw David - Leader

Councillor Charles Smith - Cabinet Member Education and Regeneration

Councillor Richard Young - Cabinet Member Communities

Janine Nightingale - Corporate Director, Communities

Zak Shell - Head of Operations - Community Services

Delyth Webb - Group Manager Strategic Regeneration

Julian Thomas - Team Leader Regeneration Projects and Approaches

Nicola Bunston - Consultation Engagement and Equalities Manager 





Additional documents:


The Corporate Director – Communities began by thanking the Committee for the invitation to present the report on the Bridgend Town Centre Regeneration Masterplan and Consultation. She advised that along with the Group Manager Strategic Regeneration, Team Leader Regeneration Projects and Approaches, and the Consultation Engagement and Equalities Manager, she would take Members through the outcomes of the consultation, take some time to discuss some projects, and answer Members’ questions.  She provided some background context to the Masterplan and the consultation and why the Masterplan had been produced. 


The Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration reinforced what the Corporate Director had said, following which he spoke about the strategic vision for the Masterplan.


The Group Manager Strategic Regeneration presented an overview.


Following the presentation of the report, Members of the Committee asked the following:


Masterplan Questions:


A Member commented that in terms of transport, two areas needed to be looked at were: inter-town transport, and; more widely the connectivity to all other areas of the County and how best that was delivered.  In terms of the cost basis, the Member asked if there was a phased approach to this, how much the Local Authority had to put in to different schemes, how much was already underway and what was the project plan to be able to deliver this.


The Corporate Director - Communities explained that there were no financial implications, as there was no money from Bridgend Council for this presently. There was money towards town centre management and grants and other things being done within the town centre.  This was a strategic Masterplan that needed a strategic approach to delivery. e.g., Bridgend College moving to the town centre.  Three funding sources: Welsh Government (WG) transforming towns, the 21st Century schools programme and sustainability work with WG, would enable the Local Authority to move the Bridgend College project forward.  Money had been awarded from WG to purchase the South Wales Police (SWP) building on Cheapside, demolish it, retaining ownership by the Council, and transferring that to the College on a long lease. This was currently being worked on, although it was not a signed and sealed deal. The College had applied to WG to be part of Band B funding to secure funding and one of the aspirations was they join the Bridgend District Heat Network. There was money from the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) towards the heat network in addition to Bridgend investing money in developing that Heat Network.


Another example of working with partners to assemble finances was with the railway station. There were projects in the Masterplan to improve the front of the station, making it more accessible from within town, making it more attractive to people by rail and more sustainable forms of transport. The Local Authority was working with Transport for Wales (TfW) and the Rail Authority to look at what was possible at the front of the station. In addition, there was a key private landlord, who owned some properties, around the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 119.


Urgent Items

To consider any item(s) of business in respect of which notice has been given in

accordance with Part 4 (paragraph 4) of the Council Procedure Rules and which the person presiding at the meeting is of the opinion should by reason of special circumstances be transacted at the meeting as a matter of urgency.