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,
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”
This year, for Baby Loss Awareness Week (9th-15th October), Bangor City Council have partnered with baby loss charity, Our Sam, to raise awareness for baby loss, by turning Bangor Pier pink and blue with night time illumination and ribbons.
North Wales based baby loss charity, Our Sam, and local volunteers, gathered on Bangor pier on Friday 8th October to decorate Bangor pier with hundreds of pink and blue ribbons, as part of the annual pink and blue, baby loss awareness campaign, led by the UK Baby Loss Alliance.
The beautiful Grade II listed, 470m Bangor Garth Pier, is the second longest pier in Wales, and this year celebrates its 125th year anniversary.
Philippa Davies, Founder of baby loss charity, Our Sam said "We were absolutely delighted when we approached Bangor City Director, Iwan Williams, asking if he would consider showing support for Baby Loss Awareness Week, by joining the pink and blue campaign, and turn any of the wonderful local buildings or landmarks in Bangor, pink and blue, and he suggested Bangor Garth Pier. As such a beautiful and visible landmark, this is a tremendous show of support for bereaved parents and families, and to raise awareness for the more than a quarter of a million people affected by baby loss following miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death and SIDS in the UK each year. We would like to thank Bangor City Council and Iwan Williams for their support, and all the volunteers who have supported us to decorate the pier with hundreds of pink and blue ribbons. Baby loss remains an incredibly taboo and difficult subject for many to talk about, but it is important that we do, to reduce isolation for all those having to face this heart -breaking trauma."
Iwan Williams, Bangor City Director, said "We were very pleased to be asked, and proud to be able to show our support, and help to raise awareness of baby loss for baby loss awareness week here in Bangor. Baby loss is so incredibly difficult for those who have had to go through this sad loss, but there are still many who have no idea of the extent of the number of people affected, and the significant effects, this often-hidden loss has on the lives of many parents and families."
Bangor Garth Pier will be lit and decorated from the 9th – 15th October. If you are a bereaved parent affected by baby loss, and need support, you can contact Our Sam, member organisation of the UK Baby Loss Alliance, through the Our Sam website oursam.org.uk .If you would to know more about baby loss awareness week you can go to babyloss-awareness.org
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:
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
Notice of Co-option Section 116 Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011
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:*
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 01248 352 421 by 16/7/21.
Signed: Iwan Williams
Clerk to the Council
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Notice is hereby given of a casual vacancy in the office of councillor in Dewi ward on City of Bangor Council.
An election will be held to fill the vacancy if a request in writing for an election which includes the signatures of ten electors of the above ward is sent to: The Returning Officer, Gwynedd Council, Council Offices, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 1SH within the period ending at 12 noon on Monday, 21 June, 2021.
In the absence of a request for an election, the vacancy will be filled by the City Council.
14 May 2021
Today (14th May 2021) Bangor Garth Pier celebrates its 125th year anniversary. On this day in 1896, Lord Penrhyn officially opened the pier following a procession through the city and a crowd of over 5,000 people assembled to watch the opening ceremony. This year, the situation is markedly different. A large-scale event is not possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however celebrations proceed nonetheless. At 11am, the Mayor of Bangor Cllr Owen Hurcum will unveil a new plaque commemorating the 125th year anniversary. Following social distancing rules, the Mayor will be joined by other members of Bangor City Council, kioskholders and representatives of Friends of Bangor Garth Pier (FGBP), a new volunteer group working with the City Council to provide help and support to visitors on the pier and ensure that the pier thrives and has a sustainable future.
Ahead of the important date, Mayor of Bangor Cllr Owen Hurcum said “Our pier is the jewel in the crown of our great city, affording all who venture upon it some of the finest views imaginable. It has stood as an asset to our city for over 125 years, and it has served the people of this city throughout this time. The pier has faced numerous challenges throughout its journey and perhaps none more-so than the recent structural repairs that have seen an incredible investment of over £1.8m to ensure the survival of this structure for the next 125 years.”
“We can’t turn out as a city today to celebrate its momentous anniversary, but we can, and we will, celebrate the pier in our own way moving forward. The pier is in the lifeblood of this city, it’s part of Bangor’s hiraeth and I very much look forward to seeing its history to come.”
Avril Wayte, Chair of Friends of Bangor Garth Pier, said:
“It is a huge privilege for us to be involved with Bangor Garth pier, and play a pivotal role in protecting the pier for the future, especially so as we are enabling the local community to take part in that process. Our pier - owned by the City Council and loved by all.”
The pier will be lit up this evening to celebrate the special anniversary. With the large-scale event delayed by a year until May 2022, Bangor City Council and Friends of Bangor Garth Pier will celebrate the anniversary in different ways over the coming months. A series of interviews, discussions and presentations on the history of the pier and the area will be published online, with a number of small-scale events and activities scheduled to take place on the pier later on this year, subject to Covid-19 regulations. A Digital Programme will also be published today to acknowledge the important date.
11 May 2021
Annual Meeting 10th May: The Council voted for Cllr Owen Hurcum as the new Mayor of Bangor for 2021/22. The Council also voted for Cllr Gwynant Roberts as the new Deputy Mayor. The Council thanked the former Mayor Cllr John Wyn Williams for his hard work and leadership over the past two years, and welcomed Cllr Hurcum to their new role.
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.
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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.
The Boundary Commission’s Final Recommendations Report for Gwynedd County Council was submitted to Welsh Ministers on 6 November 2018. There is a period of six weeks where Welsh Ministers may not make an Order. You may wish to take this opportunity to write to them with your views on the Final Recommendations. The six week period will end on 18 December 2018.
The Final Recommendations Report contains all of the Commission’s recommendations for the County of Gwynedd. Where it has made changes to the existing arrangements a description of the change, the representations it has received, the reasons for any change and a map of the proposals are contained in the report.
The Commission has now discharged its duties and it is now for Welsh Government and it’s Ministers to decide how to proceed. Ordinarily they will make an Order.
The Commission would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who took the time to make representations as well as the County Council for their assistance in the conduct of the review.
The reports, maps and other supporting information for the review can be found below.
The City of Bangor Council has dug deep into its finances to form a partnership with Gwynedd Council to keep open the three Gwynedd owned public toilets in the City.
For 2018/19 the City Council will contribute £10,000 to ensure the toilets remain open as Gwynedd cuts bite deep into the public services provided in the City. From 2018 the Council will look at other ways of maintaining the provision of public conveniences. The three toilets are located at Glanrafon, Tanfynwent and Garth Road. The City Council’s own public toilet at the end of the Pier is unaffected as this is already maintained by the City.
City Councillors felt it was imperative at this time of cutbacks that under-threat toilet provision had to be maintained and consideration was given to taking them over completely, however the Town Clerk informed the Council that taking them over was not an option available at present but could be feasible subject to conditions at a later date.
A short introduction by Dr Nathan Abrams, Bangor University and Gareth Roberts of ‘The Menter Fachwen Walk and Discover Project’ at 2.10pm. Come and share your memories of Wartski’s and Pollecoff’s stores and discover the fascinating history of the Jews in Bangor from Medieval times to the Second World War.
Funded by the Bangor University ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA).
The exhibition will be at the Gallery until April 26th.
This event is FREE.
The War Memorial Cross, plinths, steps, slabs and naming slates have recently been repaired and renovated by the City Council as part of the 100 year Remembrance of the end of World War 1.
Successful grant applications with monies from CADW and the War Memorials Trust as well as a contribution from the City Council have enabled the work to be undertaken.
Works included cleaning, stone repairs, resin pinning, mortar re-pointing, brass cleaning, parapet, stone and blockwork repairs. It also entailed a refurbishment of the slate slabs and repainting of the lettering.
France Moreton, Director of the War Memorials Trust said “War memorials are a tangible connection to our shared past creating a link between the fallen and today. It is vital we ensure all our war memorials are in the best possible condition for their age and the charity is delighted to support this project. The centenary of World War 1 is a wonderful opportunity for communities across the country to protect and conserve their war memorials. If anyone knows of any other war memorials that need attention please contact us.”
The Mayor of Bangor, Councillor John Wynn Jones said “This important renovation will enhance the City Centre and give us a war memorial to be proud of. This is a place where respect and remembrance is given to the fallen, we must therefore ensure it is kept in good condition and held in great esteem”
Town Clerk, Ian Jones said “we are grateful to Welsh Government, CADW and the War Memorials Trust for their help and guidance in funding this work as the Memorial was suffering some disrepair and neglect. We hope this renovation will keep the cross and memorial in good stead for many years to come.”
Bangor City Council has resolved to repair and restore the Garth Pier which has not received any major maintenance works for many years and is now in need of a refurbishment. The last restoration and renovation programme was in 1986.
Due to the precarious nature of this work substantial scaffolding is required as is stringent Health and Safety measures. There is also a requirement to dispose of all waste material in compliance with the regulations and a Marine Licence application was made and lodged with Natural Resources Wales and a dialogue has been ongoing with other interested parties.
The City Council apologises for any inconvenience during this construction project but these works are deemed necessary to secure the future stability and safety of the Pier for future generations to enjoy.
AN exhibition telling the story of a naval training ship that grounded in the Menai Strait is on in Menai Bridge.
The HMS Conway Exhibition is at the Menai Heritage's Thomas Telford Centre, from now until the end of June.
Menai Heritage, the charity that runs the Bridges Exhibition in Menai Bridge, is commemorating the 65th anniversary of the HMS Conway running aground. The ship was being moved to Birkenhead for a refit, but foundered when tugs lost control near the Menai Suspension Bridge. It stayed there until 1956, when it caught fire and burned to the water level. The exhibition is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-5pm, the entrance fee is £3; children under 16 free.
On Saturday, June 2, a lecture about the HMS Conway will be given by Alfie Windsor, a former HMS Conway cadet, at 2pm, at the Thomas Telford Centre.
The Law Commission has recently published a consultation paper, Making a Will.
The law of wills affects us all and the Commission is keen to hear views from across society – from members of the public, doctors, care workers, and civic groups, as well as members of the legal community.
The central issues considered in the consultation paper are:
The rules about witnessing and signing wills
Protecting vulnerable testators
You are invited to a Law Commission public consultation event, hosted by Bangor University. The event will be on:
Monday 9 October 2017
Cledwyn Room 3, Main University Building, Bangor University, College Road, Bangor, LL57 2DG.
Please arrive at 5pm for 5:30pm.
The event will last for one and a half hours and Welsh translation will be available. There is no charge for this event.
If you wish to attend, please respond by email by no later than 2 October 2017 to Damien Bruneau at: email@example.com