Photograph: Nicola Frodsham
Bangor Pier featured in The Guardian newspaper last weekend for having one of the best views in the UK, from remote islands to city skylines, seascapes to moorland outlooks, Guardian readers shared their favourite landscapes.
Nicola Frodsham, who submitted her photo and review of Bangor Pier, said: “Grade II-listed Bangor Pier is perfectly positioned on the Menai Straits and offers magnificent views of Anglesey and the Welsh mainland. Read more at The Bangor Eye
There is a 50p entrance fee and dog owners will be pleased to hear there is currently a trial in place allowing pets to join their owners for the relaxing stroll. There are very few stalls, as the pier’s main purpose is to provide breathtaking views in a peaceful atmosphere.
“Head there on a clear day, during the warmer months, for the best views. It can be deceptively windy on the pier, though, so be armed with layers of clothing just in case.”
August 2017 saw the commencement of a £1m restoration project aimed at ensuring the future of Bangor Pier for many years to come. The project, funded directly by Bangor City Council, involves work to strengthen the structure and also provide new handrails on the pier deck. Significant scaffolding is necessary along the pier sides as the work needs to comply with stringent health and safety measures. The Pier will remain open during the restoration. Read more
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.
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 2017/18 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.
Councillor John Wynn Jones
Deputy Mayor 2018/19
Councillor John Wyn Williams