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.

Halloween Pier get-together promises to be the fright of your life!

Ghoulish greetings await anyone brave enough to visit Bangor Garth Pier this Saturday 30th October, 3-7pm. Some frightening scenes are guaranteed for the family-friendly get-together, led by Bangor Arts Initiative and supported by Bangor City Council and Friends of Bangor Garth Pier.

Mayor of Bangor, Cllr Owen J Hurcum said:

“We’re delighted to have the Halloween get-together on the Pier this Saturday. Visitors are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes, the Encôr choir will be performing along with a Samba band and circus acts. I would like to thank Bangor Arts Initiative for leading on this, as well as Cllr Enid Parry for her hard work in planning for the occasion.

I would also like to thank Friends of Bangor Garth Pier (FBGP) for their help and support. Under the leadership of Chair Avril Wayte, FBGP have made an invaluable contribution to the success of the Pier in recent months. Thanks to their volunteers, over £5,000 was collected on the Pier in August and all proceeds go towards maintaining the Pier. Their presence on the Pier has made a real difference and the City Council is very grateful for their continued support.

I would encourage people to visit Bangor Garth Pier on Saturday afternoon and some spooky scenes are guaranteed!”

Unveiling of Ashley Jones Fields Information Board

21/10/2021

Unveiling of Ashley Jones Fields Information Board

Today (21st October) a new Information Board for Ashley Jones Fields was unveiled by Mayor of Bangor, Cllr Owen J Hurcum, and Kumi Sunada, Principal of the Trinity Foundation Programme. The trilingual Information Board, including Welsh, English and Japanese, includes details on the history of the fields, the Japanese Sakura trees planted in the fields and elsewhere in Bangor in the spring, and on Ashley Jones himself. Ashley Jones was a prominent Bangor solicitor and bequeathed the fields to the city of Bangor upon his death in 1939.

Mayor of Bangor, Cllr Owen J Hurcum said:
“I’m delighted to unveil this Information Board for Ashley Jones Fields today. The fields are a special place in Bangor and loved by many. As a Council, we have worked hard to improve the fields during 2021 and the new Board will accompany the Japanese Sakura trees and the Beatles friendship bench, recently installed in the fields. The Board is sponsored by the Trinity Foundation and on behalf of the City Council, we are incredibly grateful for their help, support and generosity in sponsoring this new feature”

Kumi Sunada, Principal of the Trinity Foundation Programme said:
“We’re very pleased to sponsor the Information Board for Ashley Jones Fields. We have worked with the City Council on the Sakura trees project over recent months, and the Information Board strengthens our working relationship. The Trinity Foundation Programme / International Federation of Universities provides help, support and advice for Japanese students studying in Bangor, and offers a specialised programme before students embark on their degrees. We have welcomed Japanese students to Bangor for many years and are delighted to see the links between Bangor, Wales and Japan go from strength to strength”

Statement by the Mayor of Bangor, Cllr Owen Hurcum:

“Today George Gibbs is laid to rest, a true servant of Bangor having served as our Clerk for over twenty years. Tirelessly dedicated to the City those that worked with him never had a bad word to say. He will be missed by all and he will be missed by Bangor. Rest in Peace”

Today (16 September) George Gibbs is laid to rest

Notice of Co-option

29/06/2021
Notice of Co-option Section 116 Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011

Dewi Ward

Notice is hereby given that 1 vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the above mentioned Community/Ward, and the City Council intends to co-opt.

Expressions of interest are being sought from members of the public who meet the following qualifications and are interested in representing their community on the aforementioned City Council. You must be a British, Commonwealth, Irish or a European Union citizen and be 18 years of age or over; and meet at least one of the following criteria:*

  • registered as a local government elector for the area named above; or
  • during the whole of the last 12 months occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the community named above; or
  • your principal or only place of work during the last 12 months has been in the community named above; or
  • you have during the whole of the last 12 months resided in the Community or with 4.8 kilometres of it.

*Certain people are disqualified from standing, and these include paid officers of the community council, anyone subject to bankruptcy restriction orders and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are qualified to stand.

If you wish to be considered for co-option for the vacant seats(s) or want more information regarding the role of a Community Councillor please contact the Proper Officer, Clerk to the Council Community on/at townclerk@bangorcitycouncil.com; 01248 352 421 by 16/7/21.

Signed: Iwan Williams
Dated: 29/6/21
Clerk to the Council


Hollywood, Pinewood…Pierwood!

23/08/2021

Bangor Garth Pier proving a hit with film companies

Bangor Garth Pier has long been an attraction for the locals, visitors, students and tourists. It has also attracted a number of film companies over the years, with many eager to make the most of the incredible scenery the Pier offers in all directions, not to mention the warm welcome on the Pier!

This summer has proved no exception, and Bangor City Council, Friends of Bangor Garth Pier and kioskholders have been delighted to welcome a number of film production companies to the Pier in recent weeks:

  • On 7th July, BBC Wales were on the Pier as part of the Gorwelion/Horizons Summer Tour music scheme, with a solo performance by Casi Wynand a joint performance with Eve Goodman and Beth Celyn
  • On 12th July, ITV Wales visited to film representatives from Bangor City Council and Friends of Bangor Garth Pier for the ‘Coast and Country’ programme, which aired on 12th August (available here)
  • On 13th July, Rondo Media filmed on the Pier for the ‘Cynefin’ programme
  • On 21st July, Anglesey School of Dancing performed and filmed on the Pier
  • On 18th August, BBC Radio Cymru visited the Pier for a large-scale filming production involving Tudur Owen’s programme
  • On 22nd August, local celebrity and fundraiser Wynne ‘Elvis’ Roberts performed on the Pier and was filmed by S4C

Cllr Owen Hurcum, Mayor of Bangor, said:
“At this point I think Bangor Pier is probably north Wales' biggest TV star having appeared in a huge range of television shows, films and radio promotions, and I think anyone who knows it can see why. It's an amazing place and give me so much pride to know out Pier is getting seen across the world and I am certain that many of those who see it on their screens will be dying to see it in person, experience it up close as we have had the pleasure of doing for the last 125 years"

Avril Wayte, Chair of Friends of Bangor Garth Pier, said:
“Our charity is delighted to be able to work with and support Bangor City Council in these wonderful days for our pier. We are so happy that the pier’s vibrancy is recognised so widely, and that we have these opportunities to show it off for the world to see.”

Who needs Hollywood or Pinewood when you can have the Pier? Bangor City Council is very grateful for the cooperation of these film companies over the summer weeks, and looks forward to welcoming many more over the coming months and years.

Pictures (left to right): Gorwelion/Horizons Summer Tour filming with Casi Wyn, Eve Goodman, Beth Celyn and Luke Jones 7th July; Mayor of Bangor Cllr Owen Hurcum ITV ‘Coast and Country’ interview 12th July; Rondo Media ‘Cynefin’ programme filming 13th July; Anglesey School of Dancing filming 21st July; BBC Radio Cymru filming with Tudur Owen and Mr Phormula; also welcomed by Mayor of Bangor Cllr Owen Hurcum 18th August; Wynne ‘Elvis’ Roberts performing on the Pier 22nd August and meeting Avril Wayte, Chair of Friends of Bangor Garth Pier

Bangor Garth Pier proving a hit with film companies

May 2021

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:

  • W/C 31 May - completion of demolition of 164/166 High Street.
  • W/C 7th June - Dig out the piles in the road and reinstate sections of the road as needed.
  • W/C 14 June - Site clearance and quality assurance (Completion of phase 2 Demolition contract).
  • W/C 28 June - Resurfacing sections of road and junction at Lon Bopty
  • Looking to reopen completely on the weekend of 3rd and 4th July.

March 2021

Dear all
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:

  1. Dealing with the disturbance of road closures at 2 locations, and opening after the completion of the 164 and 166 High Street works in the comfort that there will be a stable period thereafter.
  2. Await the completion of the 164 and 166 High Street works and the road to open at that location before closing the other section so that there is relatively easy access for the residents of Lon Bopty and Caellepa.

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”

Garth Victorian Pier

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

Bangor Garth Pier website

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