Bangor residents urged to back pier renovation lottery bid

Reporter:

Mike Williams

BANGOR citizens should back a lottery bid to renovate the city’s Victorian Pier, the city council has said.

Council consultant Jim O’Rourke will present his proposed Heritage Lottery Fund application to upgrade the Grade II listed Garth Pier at Bangor City Council’s next meeting at Penrhyn Hall on Monday, January 26.

City residents have been urged to attend and show their support for the application, which includes plans to add more kiosks and new ways to tell the structure and city’s story.

Mr O’Rourke said: “A successful HLF bid will breathe new life into Bangor Pier and make it a focal point on the waterfront.

“It will enable the Pier’s story to be told to local people, to visitors and to future generations and, at the same time, develop a significant tourist attraction in the area which will help boost the local economy.

“If anyone wants to hear more about the HLF bid, they are welcome to attend the council meeting.”

Bangor town clerk Gwyn Hughes added: “It will significantly strengthen the HLF bid in what is a very competitive situation, if it is evident that there is strong support for the project from the local community.”

Bangor Pier is legally owned by Bangor City Council after it was purchased from Arfon Borough Council in 1978 to save it from demolition.

The City Council subsequently restored it to its present form in the 1980s and has managed it ever since.

Bangor Mayor Cllr Jean Forsyth said: “Since Victorian times the pier has been a significant part of the history and heritage of the City of Bangor.

“The City Council is very encouraged by the positive responses to the intention to prepare an HLF bid which have been received from a range of local organisations and also by the many expressions of support from individuals that have been presented to the Council.

“All this demonstrates how treasured and highly regarded this iconic historic structure is in the city.”

A grant application for funds to develop more detailed renovation plans will be submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund by March.

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