BOAT trips could be running from Bangor pier next month.
Bangor City Council has granted Seawake permission to commission a survey of a structure at the end of the pier, and senior partner Duncan Mr Gilroy said the operation could be up and running in August at the earliest if the survey is positive.
He said: “We have basically moved everything to Bangor - we have offices in Port Penrhyn and a unit at the Llandygai Industrial Estate.
“Everybody we have spoken to has been very positive about it.”
Mr Gilroy added that his meeting with Emlyn Williams, Bangor Pride project officer, had been positive.
He said the survey would assess whether the structure’s four supporting pillars were in good enough condition to justify replacing the walkway.
Mr Gilroy added that, if the structures were strong enough, Bangor City Council would do the necessary works.
Town clerk Gwyn Hughes last week briefed a Bangor City Council meeting on a consultant’s report on the condition of Bangor pier.
However, the press and members of the public were excluded from the discussion.
Mr Gilroy said that Seawake had investigated running trips from a Gwynedd Council-owned jetty near the pier.
He added: “Gwynedd Council has given us permission to use the jetty but it does need a lot of work and was not safe to use.
He added that Gwynedd Council was preparing a report to determine how much work is needed to make the jetty safe.
A Gwynedd Council spokesman said: “The jetty has not been in use for a significant number of years and the company has been advised that extensive works will be required to repair the jetty should the structure be used for the embarking and disembarkation passengers.
“The lower section of the jetty is particularly vulnerable to marine growth and the effect of tide, and it has also been affected by the elements over years.
“It is hoped that the company will be able to use the jetty at times of high water as the condition of the jetty at a higher level could be repaired at a reasonable cost.”