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3 December 2021
Today (3rd December) sees the return of the market to Bangor High Street. The market returns after a two year absence, mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In September, Bangor City Council approved a proposal by the Artisan Market Company to run the new market, and preparations for the return have taken place over the past few weeks.
Stella McClure, Director of the Artisan Market Company, said:
“We’re delighted to be given the opportunity to run the new market on Bangor High Street. Over the past few years we have worked hard to deliver a successful and sustainable market in Colwyn Bay, and plan to do the same in Bangor. We want the market to be a fun, lively and entertaining place, with a strong focus on local produce and a range of traders that cater to the needs of people of all ages and backgrounds. We’re keen to play our part in increasing footfall in the city centre, and bring some vibrancy to Bangor on Fridays. We’re very pleased to be launching in the run-up to Christmas, and we have some exciting plans for the coming weeks and months”
Councillor Owen J Hurcum, Mayor of Bangor, said:
“It is wonderful to see the market return to Bangor High Street. The High Street has seen significant challenges over the past two years, and a lively, busy and successful market is integral to the High Street’s recovery and prosperity over the coming years. Bwyd Da Bangor has recently opened, the new Xscape Rooms is a new and exciting attraction close by, and the return of the market before Christmas is another fantastic addition to the High Street. On behalf of the Council, I’d like to thank the Bangor Market Company for their help and support, and wish the Artisan Market Company the very best for the future”
I am delighted to confirm that the demolition of 164 and 166 High Street, Bangor is going well despite the recent wet and windy weather.
During June the following aspects will be completed, namely:
I am very pleased to report that, despite some technical challenges, the work to establish foundations for the crane to demolish 164 and 166 High Street remains on schedule. This work is expected to be completed by Friday 9th April 2021.
Phase 2 will then begin on Monday 12th April 2021, and I understand that this phase is expected to take approximately 7 weeks to complete. The important question is, when will the road reopen, and from the current timetable, I can report that the end of May / early June is the reasonable expectation.
There is another extra aspect however that I would welcome your opinion upon. ADRA is developing houses across the road to Varsity [137 High Street], and need to close the road for a week to deal with a sewerage diversion. There will be a need to close between 137 High Street up to Lon Bopty which will of course affect those who need access to Lon Bopty and Caellepa. Access would be possible via the former Minffordd Hospital and Hendrewen, and we would ensure that traffic lights were in place on the narrow sections.
I believe that there are two possible options:
I confirm that we are in discussions with ADRA, but that they are keen to progress their work in order to build much needed housing for residents. We would of course recommend liaison with the residents with each option.
23 March 2021
Bangor Garth Pier will be lit up in yellow this evening, 23rd March, to help remember all those who have lost their lives to Covid-19. Other buildings and landmarks across Wales will also be lit up, marking the anniversary of the first Covid-19 lockdown. At 8pm, people are encouraged to stand on their doorsteps with phones, candles and torches to signify a 'beacon of remembrance'. Any visitors to Bangor Garth Pier are reminded to follow social distancing rules.
Responding to the Welsh Government announcement on 12th March, Mayor of Bangor Cllr John Wyn Williams said:
“We welcome the announcement from the Welsh Government that Wales is taking the first steps out of lockdown. We understand the need for a gradual and phased approach generally in order to keep people safe and manage the spread of coronavirus. We express disappointment however that non-essential retail businesses won’t be able to re-open until 22nd March. And other businesses won’t be able to re-open at all in March. The past year has been incredibly difficult for Bangor businesses, and the pandemic has caused huge uncertainties over their future. We ask that these businesses are able to re-open as soon as possible, as they are able to welcome customers whilst adhering to Covid19 rules”
Responding to the ballot result on 12th March, Mayor of Bangor, Cllr John Wyn Williams said:
“We welcome the news that the Bangor Business Improvement District (BID) Ballot is successful. This means an investment of over £740,000 in Bangor over the next five years. Bangor City Council will be working closely with Bangor First and other partners to ensure that the next BID term benefits Bangor businesses and residents, and that the BID helps the development of the city as a good place to live, work and invest in”