Bridgend or in Welsh, Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr, (meaning “Head of the Bridge on the Ogmore”) is a town in the County Borough of Bridgend, 22-miles (35 km) west of the welsh capital, Cardiff. The river crossed by the original bridge, which gave the town its name, is the River Ogmore but the River Ewenny also passes to the south of the town.
Historically a part of Glamorgan, Bridgend has greatly expanded in size since the early 1980s and had a population of 39,429 in 2001. According to the 2011 census, the County Borough of Bridgend has a population of 139,178 and covers an area of 246 km2 however as the Assembly Member for Bridgend I do not cover the whole county, as Ogmore is covered by AM Janice Gregory. Bridgend is well served by rail and road, situated off the M4 halfway between Cardiff and Swansea.
Having grown up here and spent much of my adult life in Bridgend, I have a great appreciation for the beautiful rural landscape and coastline, the unique character of our towns and villages and most importantly, for the people of Bridgend.
Within the Borough the largest town is Bridgend, followed by Maesteg and the seaside resort of Porthcawl. There are three Communities First areas representing some of the most deprived wards in Wales.
Welsh Government statistics show that about 3% of Bridgend’s population are from ethnic minority communities and 15.5% of people say they can speak Welsh.
The Annual Population Survey 2011 shows that 70.2% of people aged 16-64 years old were in employment compared to the Welsh average of 66.2%. The economic inactivity rate in September 2011 was 21.6%, lower than the Welsh average of 23.5%. The largest employment sectors in the county borough are wholesale, retail, transport, hotels and food followed by public administration, defence, education and health.
Information about services and community facilities can be found on the Bridgend County Borough Council website and in the Useful Links section of my website.