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.
First of all I would like to thank you for your patience with this situation. I promised you last week to come back to you this week with more certainty regarding the work on 164 and 166 High Street, Bangor so that we can re-open the Street to traffic.
I am delighted to confirm that the owners of both properties have agreed to start work as soon as possible. Contracts with those who will undertake the physical work have yet to be signed, but they are looking to start work on site during the week commencing 1st February 2021. I am pleased therefore that we, as a Council will not need to continue with legal action to gain control of the situation.
The work is to be completed in 2 parts. The first part will be to strengthen the road to support the crane required to enable the demolition work to proceed. It is anticipated that the work to strengthen the road will take approximately 7 weeks. Once a crane is located on site then the second phase, the demolition of the buildings, will be able to proceed, and it is anticipated that this work will take approximately 5 weeks. Therefore, to be realistic, it is anticipated that the High Street will be open in May 2021. We will be pressing for updates and greater certainty on the timetable as the work progresses.
We fully acknowledge that this situation has existed for a long time and has caused significant disruption. However, I can assure you that technical and legal complexities have hampered progress, but we are very pleased that a situation has now been reached where physical work may progress on site.
I will ensure that regular updates on the work are shared with you.
Thank you very much,
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”
On 2nd March 2021 the City of Bangor received Sakura Cherry Trees to celebrate the enduring friendship between Wales and Japan. A thousand Cherry Trees were gifted to public parks, schools and cities across Wales, with the first tree planted by the First Minister of Wales, the Rt. Hon Mark Drakeford MS and Ambassador Yasumasa Nagamine, Japan’s Ambassador to the UK, in December 2020. The initiative will be a lasting legacy from the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020 and is made possible by donations from Japanese businesses.
In Bangor, the majority of the Cherry Trees are based in Ashley Jones fields, with others located across the City, including the grounds of Bangor University and Penrhyn Castle. Mayor of Bangor Cllr John Wyn Williams said “On behalf of the residents of Bangor, Bangor City Council expresses its gratitude to Japan for their generosity and gift to the City. We welcome the Sakura Cherry Trees and they will be an asset for Ashley Jones fields and in other locations, something that current and future generations can enjoy and appreciate”.
Left: City Director Iwan Williams plants a tree in Ashley Jones fields. Right: Mayor of Bangor Cllr John Wyn Williams
The Council is working with its partners once again to celebrate St David’s Day this year. Further information on the programme of activities and events (24th February – 5th March) may be found here: Gŵyl Dewi Bangor - Home | Facebook
There are no major structural works taking place at the moment. Four stages of the restoration project have been completed, with two remaining. The priority over the coming months will be painting parts of the Pier, treating some of the planks and addressing the Linkspan at the end of the Pier. This work will commence later on this year.
The City Council are exploring funding opportunities with partners to improve the Pier and to ensure its sustainability going forward. The 125th anniversary of the Pier takes place on 14th May 2021. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, a large-scale event will not be possible however the Council is looking at alternative arrangements, with further details to be published closer to the date.
The Mayor, Councillor John Wyn Williams, announces that Mr Iwan Marc Williams has been appointed to the role of City Director for Bangor City Council and he will start in the role on 1st January 2021.
Mr Williams is originally from Llandysul and has lived in Bangor, with his wife and two small daughters, for over a year. He has experience of working in the public sector both in Wales and also in Europe.
Best wishes are extended to him in this new role and grateful thanks are offered to Dr Martin Hanks who has fullfilled the role of City Clerk in the recent past.
Covid 19 virus Update October 2020
The latest Welsh Government national restrictions to reduce the spread of the Covid 19 virus (Coronavirus) come into force on Friday 23rd October 2020. To encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and to facilitate exercise Bangor City Council wish to confirm that the Pier, like parks and other open spaces, will remain open. Users are asked to maintain social distancing restrictions.
Salary Scale LC3, Scp. 33 – Scp. 36
This is an exciting and varied role that offers the opportunity for an enthusiastic and vibrant person to play a leading role successful development of the City of Bangor. The Council intends employing a person with excellent communicative skills and is able to work with elected members and varied partners within the City and is able to demonstrate the proven ability to lead and deliver projects.
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 21st October 2020;
In a small and socially safe service, the Mayor, Cllr John Wyn Williams, joined representatives of the Royal British Legion and the North Wales Police in an act of commemoration and remembrance this morning to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. The City Council would like to echo the message from the Welsh Government and encourage everyone to celebrate this day but to do so safely and within the social distancing guidelines.
For some ideas on how to mark the occasion while staying at home, click here ve-vjday75.gov.uk/get-involved
As the nation comes together here are some significant times:
2.45 pm: Extracts of Winston Churchill’s announcement that the war is over will be transmitted.
2.55 pm: Bugle, trumpet and cornet players are invited to play the Last Post.
3.00 pm: Everyone is invited to raise a glass in national toast to those who gave so much.
9.00 pm: Message from the Queen and Vera Lynn will again lead the nation in singing We’ll Meet Again.
Due to the continued spread of the Covid-19 virus and for the safety of the people of Bangor it has been decided to suspend the Friday markets, until further notice.
As a result of the increasing spread of the Covid 19 virus (Coronavirus) and Government advice regarding social distancing, Bangor City Council has today taken the difficult decision to close Bangor Pier to the public until further notice.
The City Council apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Mayor of Bangor, Councillor John Wyn Williams, recently celebrated his 70th birthday.
A large gathering of friends and family attended the birthday celebration at Bangor Rygbi Club with the aim of collecting money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The Alzheimer’s Society is very close to John’s heart and it is immense pride that John was able to collect the sum in excess of £2500.
The money collected is to be used locally in the Gwynedd and Anglesey are for the Alzheimer Society’s ‘Side By Side’ service.
Side by Side is a volunteer-led service which helps people living with dementia to continue to play active roles in their communities. The service helps them to lead fulfilling lives, and reduces loneliness and isolation.
A cheque was recently presented by Councillor John Wyn Williams to a local representative of the Alzheimer Society.
The Bangor community, at large, turned out in great numbers on Sunday (15th December) to support, what was again a very successful Christmas Market.
The Market was run and organised by Bangor City Council, the People of Bangor Community Group, supported by the Gwynedd School of Dance.
The Deiniol Centre welcomed numerous craft vendors into the mall to display their goods, including a vast array of ‘festive spirits’ and additional market stalls and food vendors extended up the High Street. In addition, there was a great range of Music and entertainment in Tan-y-Fynwent, which included performances by ‘Elsa’, the Gwynedd School of Dance, a local DJ, and percussion fun for all by CAPOEIRA MOCAMBO.
Among other attractions, live reindeers came visiting, while Father Christmas was in his grotto, courtesy of the Debenham’s store.
Thanks to the support of Gwynedd County Council there were children’s rides a car park in the centre of the City.
Bangor City Council sincerely thank everyone who played a part in the event, especially the market Inspector, North Wales Police and Gwynedd County Council.
Elsa the Eagle Owl