I will outline the steps during the next week which will lead to the re-opening of this section of the High Street at 9am on Wednesday 7th July as follows:
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.
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,
Update - 164-166 High Street
Physical Works Update
Physical Works: Next Steps
Gwynedd Council Update
Gwynedd Council have undertaken substantial work in arranging for a structural scaffold to be erected to support both 166 and 164 High Street Bangor following the fire on 17th December 2019. Due to the size of the scaffolding required the road itself in the vicinity of the buildings is impassable, but the footway on the other side remains open.
We acted quickly in establishing a safe and workable traffic management arrangement due to the unexpected closure. Since establishing the temporary traffic system we have been monitoring how it has been working and liaising with businesses and suppliers and have made adjustments accordingly.
As part of the ‘Delwedd Bangor’ group, we met on the evening of 20th January where the traffic arrangements were discussed and many ideas were shared. It was agreed that any traffic system needs to put public safety first and that we cannot implement ideas where we believe that the safety of road users would be compromised. However, it was also agreed that any ideas regarding improving the temporary traffic arrangements should be forwarded to the Council via the contact details provided.
We are working closely with the building owners and their insurers in order to re-open this important part of the High street as soon as possible.
City Council Update
Emlyn Williams, City Council Project Officer, is working closely with businesses to resolve any day to day issues which arise. He is also in daily contact with the Structural Engineer on matters relating to 166 and 164 High Street.
The City Council have placed two banners, one on Asda Roundabout and the other on the scaffold outside 164 High Street, to highlight that the street is still open for business.
John Williams, Mayor, is in regular contact with Gwynedd Council and the Assembly Member in order to keep everyone in the loop and also to raise any matters, suggestions or potential resolutions for this important part of the High Street. A letter has also been sent to support businesses for a temporary business rates relief until the street has been reopened.
The coming months will be challenging, and the City Council is ready to cooperate, help and assist businesses in any way possible.
Bangor BID Update
Bangor BID are here to provide support to the businesses affected by the road closure near 164 High Street Bangor.
Events have been organised to bring businesses on the High Street together, such as the recent Cracker Pull.
Pamela Poynton, BID Chair, is in regular contact with businesses of Pendref, as well as the Local Authority, the City Council and Assembly Member.
Bangor BID have highlighted the situation through various media channels, including the BBC, Daily Post and the Bangor Aye and will continually work to raise awareness that businesses are open as usual and help in any way possible.
Should you wish to discuss any concerns, or should you have any questions, please contact us via:
Phone: 01286 679 545
Economy and Community Department
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