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Progress continues on multi-million-pound redevelopment of Maesteg Town Hall

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Progress is continuing on the £7.9m redevelopment of Maesteg Town Hall, Bridgend County Borough Council have said.

Contractors Knox and Wells have completed steel framing work for a new glass extension.

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New floor levels in the extension have been formed and from the Talbot Street entrance, a new series of stairs provides access to what will be the lower ground library and café area.

The council said that decorators have recently arrived on site preparing to paint the ceiling of the new library.

Improved access to public spaces are being provided by new staircases and an accessible lift.

Recently, the clock tower, which needed extensive repair and refurbishment, was completed and now the scaffolding has dropped, you can once again see the Hall’s most identifiable feature.

Inside, similar attention to detail has been taken whilst uncovering and preserving the Hall’s heritage features, which include the brick archways, tiling, cornicing and columns.

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Maesteg Town Hall and Bridgend Theatres Manager Marina Newth and Awen employees recently held sessions with representatives of local community groups to discuss how the hall will be used when it reopens.

The sessions provided an opportunity for questions and answers as well as open discussions about using the hall and its facilities. It was well attended by music, dance, drama, children, and charity groups, some of which who have already booked the hall for dates in 2023.

Local dance group UDC Dance said: “We can’t wait to come home.”

Councillor Neelo Farr, Bridgend Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration said: “It is fantastic to see work progressing on the redevelopment of Maesteg Town Hall and I am pleased to hear that it is set to be enjoyed by the community when it reopens, with events already being booked in 2023.

“As the brand-new atrium structure begins to take place, the vision of what will be an all-new community and cultural space for local people is starting to come together.

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“This historic Grade II-listed building is set to remain as a pillar of the community in the heart of Maesteg, with brand new accessible and inclusive facilities for everybody to enjoy.”

The project is being funded by Bridgend County Borough Council, Welsh Government regeneration funding, the Valleys Task Force, the European Regional Development Fund, Awen Cultural Trust, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Maesteg Town Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Davies Trust, the Pilgrim Trust, CADW, the Welsh Government’s Community Facilities Programme and its Museums, Archives and Libraries Division.

(Lead image: Bridgend County Borough Council)

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Maesteg woman dies in serious Llangynwd collision

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South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious collision on the A4063 near Maesteg.

A local woman was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision between a blue Hyundai and a blue Renault Clio shortly before 9.30pm on Wednesday (10 August).

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The accident, between Nicholls Road and Bridgend Road on the A4063 closed the road from the Shwt turn off to Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd for several hours.

Police Sergeant Jason Beaumont said: “Despite best efforts from the emergency services, the driver of the Hyundai a 29 year-old female, from the Maesteg area, was declared deceased at the scene.

“The driver and passenger of the Renault Clio were taken to hospital with minor injuries.”

Officers are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed, has dash-cam footage, or who stopped at the scene to contact them online or by calling 101 quoting occurrence number 2200269545.

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Poems, paintings, face masks and more set for Maesteg Town Hall time capsule

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Pupils from Maesteg Comprehensive are among those to have contributed items for a time capsule which is set to be buried beneath Maesteg Town Hall as part of its £8m redevelopment.

The capsule, which has been registered with the International Time Capsule Society, will be opened after a hundred years have passed in the year 2122.

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It will contain a poem called ‘Maesteg: Our Town, Our History’ which has been written by Year 8 students Olivia Waite, Emily Rees, Noah Tanner, Angus Gray and Dylan Norris, and artwork by Year 7 Expressive Arts students Lois Hopkins, Katy John, Shaun Prior and Rachela Glowacka.

Among the other items placed waiting to be discovered by future generations will be a Covid-19 facemask and lateral flow test, newspaper articles documenting the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the war in Ukraine, coins, stamps and references to current technology, music and fashion.

The time capsule will be buried by building contractors Knox and Wells as part of the ongoing redevelopment of the Grade II listed town hall building, which is scheduled to reveals new features including a brand new library, heritage centre, café, studio theatre and cinema space in 2023.

Kellie Turner, Director of Learning for Languages, Literacy and Communication at Maesteg Comprehensive, said: “Pupils at Maesteg School always enjoy the opportunity to participate in community events, so to contribute to the time capsule project was a real privilege.

“Both the artwork and poetry reflect what Maesteg means to our pupils in terms of community and heritage. We are all very excited by the fact that our work reflecting Maesteg, past and present, will one day also be part of the future.”

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Councillor Neelo Farr, Bridgend Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration said: “The idea to create a time capsule as part of the Maesteg Town Hall redevelopment project is a really fitting way to add even more history to a building that is already so iconic across the county borough.

“It will be fascinating for future generations to uncover the artefacts in 100 years’ time, and I’m sure that it will give them a real insight into what life is like today.

“It is also great to see that pupils from Maesteg Comprehensive School are involved in this project as the redevelopment will have a positive and long-lasting impact on people of all ages.”

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which is working in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council to transform Maesteg Town Hall, said: “The work that is underway at Maesteg Town Hall to secure its future, and ensure it is fit for purpose for very many years to come, is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, so I am delighted that local school pupils have been involved in this time capsule project.

“It is amazing to think that their grandchildren may uncover the poem and artwork they created in 2022 in 2122 – a real piece of social history in the making! I am sure that whoever opens the capsule in the future will find the contents fascinating.”

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The project is being funded by Bridgend County Borough Council, Welsh Government’s regeneration funding and Transforming Towns Place Making grant, the Valleys Task Force, European Regional Development Fund, Awen Cultural Trust, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Maesteg Town Council, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Davies Trust.

(Lead image: Bridgend Council)

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Electric vehicle charging points set for rollout across Bridgend county

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Work is set to commence on the first installations of new electric vehicle charging points across Bridgend County Borough.

The installations, which have been funded through the Welsh Government’s Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) Transformation fund and the Cardiff Capital Region will see charging points installed at the following locations:

  • Brackla Street surface, Bridgend town centre
  • Pencoed Railway Station Park & Ride Car Park
  • Tremains Road Car Park, Bridgend town centre
  • Neath Road, Heol Ty Gwyn, Maesteg
  • Hillsboro Place Car Park, Porthcawl
  • Eastern Promenade, Porthcawl
  • The Rhiw Multi-Storey Car Park, Bridgend
  • Maesteg Multi-Storey Car Park, Llynfi Road, Maesteg
  • The Esplanade, Porthcawl Seafront, Porthcawl
  • Tondu Road Car Park, Lewis Avenue, Bridgend town centre
  • Sarn Station Park and Ride, Heol Persondy, Sarn
  • This rollout is part of a regional project supporting users of electric cars and vans in Wales to access vehicle charging points in public car parks.

The first installations in the county borough are expected to be operational by September 2022.

Councillor John Spanswick, Bridgend Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities said: “These additional charging points will play a key part in decarbonising transport and support the shift towards cleaner vehicles. To enable drivers to make the switch from older, more polluting vehicles to electric, they need to be confident that plugging in will be convenient and hassle free.

“With the demand for charging points expected to increase significantly in coming years, we are pleased to start the installations across the county borough. Ensuring everyone has easy access to these charging points will help support our decarbonisation plans.

“We are also finalising plans for installations in other car parks in the county borough, including Garw and Ogmore Life Centres and Ynysawdre, Pencoed and Pyle swimming pools.”

In addition, the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal has been awarded significant funding for on-street charging and electric taxi fleet and working together with councils on carpark chargers. The county borough has also been allocated six electric taxis which will be made available on a ‘try before you buy’ basis for current taxi fleet operators.

A further £300,000 of funding is available to the local authority through a Welsh Local Government ULEV grant. The funding supports the local authority’s commitment to provide a phased plan for the electrification of all council fleets and depots by 2030, as part of its Net Zero Carbon commitments.

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The funding can be used to upgrade power systems and the digital support needed as well as the chargers.

It is also likely that further funding will be made available to continue to support the public sector and communities to transition ultra-low emission vehicles.

(Lead image: Bridgend County Borough Council)

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