Bridgend County Borough

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Bridgend County Borough
Bwrdeistref Sirol
Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr
county borough
Location of Bridgend County Borough
Admin HQ Bridgend
 • Type Arms of Bridgend County Borough Council
Bridgend County Borough Council
 • Control Labour
 • MPs
 • AMs
 • MEPs Wales
 • Total 246 km2 (95 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 17th
Population (2015)
 • Total 142,100
 • Rank Ranked 8th
 • Density 566/km2 (1,470/sq mi)
 • Density rank Ranked 7th
 • Ethnicity 98.4% White
Welsh language
 • Rank Ranked 14th
 • Any skills 19.9%
Geocode 00PB (ONS)
W06000013 (GSS)
ISO 3166 code GB-BGE

Bridgend (Welsh: Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr) is a county borough in southern Wales, UK. The county borough has a total population of 139,200 people, and contains the settlements of Bridgend, after which it is named, Maesteg, and the seaside town of Porthcawl. Its members of the National Assembly for Wales is Carwyn Jones AM, the First Minister of Wales and Huw Irranca-Davies AM representing the Ogmore Constituency, and its Members of Parliament are Madeleine Moon and Chris Elmore

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).

It is situated on 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 1 April 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. Bridgend County Borough was divided into 20 communities: Brackla, Bridgend, Cefn Cribwr, Coity Higher, Coychurch Higher, Coychurch Lower, Cornelly, Garw Valley, Laleston, Llangynwyd Lower, Llangynwyd Middle, Maesteg, Merthyr Mawr, Newcastle Higher, Ogmore Valley, Pencoed, Porthcawl, Pyle, St Bride's Minor and Ynysawdre. The communities of Brackla, Bridgend and Coychurch Lower make up the town of Bridgend.


The region is governed by Bridgend County Borough Council. It is currently in the control of the Labour party with 39 seats out of 54.


Notable people[edit]

See Category:People from Bridgend and Category:People from Bridgend county borough

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Coordinates: 51°30′24″N 3°34′46″W / 51.50667°N 3.57944°W / 51.50667; -3.57944