Bangor City Council

Bangor City Council

Welcome to the City of Bangor Council Website

On the site you will find information about the city of Bangor, what is happening here as well as some of its background and history. There are links to information about the High Street, to the various attractions in the Bangor area and to forthcoming events in the City. You can also learn about the Bangor City Council, who is your local Councillor and what services the Council provides for the community. There is the timetable for Council and Committee meetings and the minutes of those meetings.

Dear all,

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,

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.

Bangor Pier

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.

COVID-19 Support

Covid 19 virus Update Spring 2020

Friday Street Market

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.

Garth Victorian Pier

Please help us to maintain this lovely pier. Additional payments much appreciated - to help keep the pier open for all.

Link to Bangor Garth Pier website

The City Council has grave concerns about plastics pollution which is a huge environmental problem that is endangering marine life.

The City Council notes that
  • Approximately 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year (or a truck load of plastic per minute).
  • Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals, according to UNESCO.
  • Plastic waste is blight on the City’s streets and playing fields and more widely in Wales.
  • Despite some efforts to alleviate the issues eg a charge on single use carrier bags, the problem of plastic pollution continues.
  • International environmental organisations have recently called on the Welsh Government and UK Government to charge a levy on plastic waste such as coffee cups, which cannot be recycled.
  • The National Assembly for Wales has recently voted to back plans for a levy on single use plastics in Wales.

The City Council and its Members therefore:
a. Calls on the Welsh Government to act as a matter of urgency to implement a levy on single-use plastics in Wales as well as considering to raise a levy on all plastics to help ensure that Welsh seas are clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse; and

b. will also endeavour to work with all partners from all sectors within the City to

work towards becoming a plastic free Bangor.

Removal of Student and Houses in Multiple Occupation ‘To Let’ Boards in Bangor City

With the agreement of Dafydd Hardy Varsity and Williams and Goodwin letting agencies, HMO/Student ‘To Let’ Boards have been or will be removed from all properties in the City. This is to improve the visual amenity and general appearance of the area as there had been comments and concerns about the number of signs that were displayed.

Gwynedd Council Officers will approach all other letting agencies with boards up to persuade them to follow suit with this ‘gentleman’s agreement’.

We believe it involves over 600 ‘To Let’ Boards removed when completed.

This has been achieved through the work of the Bangor Image Group as Chaired by Cllr John Wyn Jones.

This is a great result and will vastly improve the appearance of the City. Thanks go to Gwynedd Council Officers for their help in this matter and the Agencies for their goodwill and co-operation.

This is a fine example of us all working together to achieve something tangible on the ground.

Garth Victorian Pier

Garth Victorian Pier