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  • Schoolchildren preserve Bridgend’s history with development site name

    Children from local Bridgend school, Oldcastle Primary, were recently given the opportunity to help choose a name for our latest development on Ewenny Road near Bridgend town centre - they chose ‘Tŷ Moduron’, Welsh for Motor House, as a nod to the site’s well-known motor shop past.

     

     

     

    Working in partnership with Tylux Construction, the build consists of seven single-bedroom flats over three storeys and is expected to be completed by January 2022. 

     

    During construction, a small piece of history was unearthed when an original sign was found hidden away in the attic on-site. This captured the imagination of the school children eager to link the name of the development with its past. 

     

     

     

    The sign read Leslie Griffith’s Motors, the name of the motor dealers which originally opened on the site in 1975. A popular part of the local community, the dealers sponsored several Welsh motor racing championship events. More recently, the building was used as a double-glazing store. 

     

    Having sat vacant since 2017, we are excited to bring the building back into use, supporting our vision of building a better Wales. And by restoring this derelict site, we can bring much-needed housing to the local area which supports the regeneration of Bridgend.

     

    To find out more about the build, take a look at the information pack here.

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  • Keep your communal areas clear

    We are committed to providing you with homes where you can feel safe and happy. However, we cannot do this alone and need your help and assistance to make sure you, your family and your friends are safe. 

     

    Some homes share common or communal areas such as the entrance to flats. To comply with fire regulations, these areas must be kept clear so that there is nothing that could cause a fire hazard or prevent people from escaping in an emergency. 

     

    Monthly checks are carried out by ourselves to ensure that these communal areas are kept sterile i.e. hazard-free.

     

    From 1st November 2021, any items left in these communal areas (including escape routes around the building) will now have a sticker placed on them.

     

     

     

     

    If not removed in 7 days, items such as refuse sacks/cardboard boxes will be disposed of and these items will be recharged to you. If no owner is identified it will be recharged to the block. 

     

    Any items of value such as white goods/bicycles will have 14 days to be removed. If not removed, the items will be placed in storage for 28 days. If you wish to have these items returned, you will need to collect them from the storage facility on an agreed date and time and the item will be recharged to you. If no owner can be identified the recharge will be placed against the block. 

     

    If these items are not collected within the 28 day period they will be disposed of and this will also be recharged.

     

    If you have any queries please contact the Home Safety Team:

    0300 123 2100 

    homesafetyteam@v2c.org.uk

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  • Valleys to Coast hosts first-ever hybrid Annual General Meeting

    On Wednesday 22nd September, Valleys to Coast welcomed colleagues, customers, and stakeholders to Bridgend College’s Sony Theatre for the first hybrid Annual General Meeting in our organisation’s history.

     

    Following the fully virtual AGM we held in 2020 as a result of the national lockdown, this year we opted to host a hybrid event, giving attendees the option of joining us in-person or online. 

     

    The panel was made up of Chief Executive, Joanne Oak; Chair of the Board, Anthony Whittaker; Corporate Director of Finance, Governance, Strategy and Performance, Claire Marshall; and Director of Governance, Strategy and Performance, Chris Mundy. 

     

    The AGM kicked off with a unanimous vote to re-appoint Mazars as the Company’s external auditors for next year, with votes counted in-person and from those who joined virtually, and the minutes from last year were approved as well. An overview was given on the progress made in the Turnaround Programme so far, followed by a reflection on the last year. 

     

    More time was spent on this year’s Annual Review section than usual, with Chief Executive, Joanne Oak, eager to celebrate the achievements made by Valleys to Coast throughout the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. This was summarised in an Annual Review video, which you can watch here

     

    Finally, the panel held a question and answers session, featuring questions that were submitted in advance by stakeholders and customers and took questions from the audience. Shareholders proposed some great questions about safety measures and concerns about new building projects; customer satisfaction scores; learning from Ffordd Eglyws project on future developments; enquiry around Chief Executive car allowance and performance-related pay; garage bases costs and clearance that is needed.

     

    A full recording of the AGM is available to view here or embedded below.

     

     

     

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