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.
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 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:
Siôn E. Roberts
Bangor Regeneration Programme Coordinator
Phone: 01286 679545
Email: [email protected]