Bridgend (county borough)

Bridgend (Welsh: "Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr") is a county borough in Glamorgan, southern Wales. The county borough has a total population of 130,000 people, and contains the settlements of Bridgend, after which it is named, Maesteg, and the seaside town of Porthcawl. Its member of the National Assembly for Wales is Carwyn Jones, and its Member of Parliament is Madeleine Moon.

The county borough lies at the geographical heart of south Wales. Its land area of 285 square kilometres stretches 20 km from east to west and occupies the Llynfi, Garw and Ogmore valleys. The largest town is Bridgend (pop: 39,773), followed by Maesteg (pop: 20,700) and seaside resort of Porthcawl (pop: 19,238). * census 2001

It is based around the Ogmore River and its tributaries, although the Ewenny and Ogwr Fach rivers are considered the border with the Vale of Glamorgan for much of their length.

It was formed on April 1, 1996 under the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994. It includes all of the former Ogwr borough apart from the communities of Wick, St Bride's Major and Ewenny, which went to Vale of Glamorgan.

Government

The region is governed by Bridgend County Borough Council. It is currently in the control of the Liberal Democrats with an alliance of independents and Conservatives.

chools

Top performing secondary schools in Bridgend County Borough, 5 GCSEs, (grades A-C), according to the latest inspection report from Estyn:
*63% Porthcawl Comprehensive School, Porthcawl
*57% Archbishop McGrath Catholic School, Tondu
*56% Bryntirion Comprehensive School, Cefn Glas, Bridgend
*53% Brynteg Comprehensive School, Bridgend
*50% Pencoed Comprehensive School, Pencoed
*40% Maesteg Comprehensive School, Maesteg
*40% Ogmore Comprehensive School, Bryncethin
*38% Cynffig Comprehensive School, Kenfig Hill
*12% Ynysawdre Comprehensive School, Tondu

Young people suicides

The Bridgend area gained prominence in 2007-8 after an unusually high number of suicides among young people were reported as taking place in the area. From Late February 2007 to August 2008, 23 young people from Bridgend committed suicide [http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5il3Eg-iM6Eg4GdjNdw_MKzc5Zx8g] . Police and coroners have denied any link between the deaths [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/wales/7234115.stm] .

ee also

*List of places in Bridgend county borough

External links

* [http://www.bridgend.gov.uk Bridgend County Borough Council]


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