A GROUP of Bangor residents hopes people power will revitalise Bangor.
The People’s Choice announced this week its has 11 candidates looking to stand in city and county council elections in 2017.
In a statement, the group said: “We are made up of citizens; men and women from the various communities which together make up Bangor.
“We are not a political party, but we are united under this banner by a common love of our city, a pride in its past and present, and a vision for its future.
“Bangor has its own unique identity, its own unique needs and its own unique potential. Yet all too often, when decisions are taken, we take second and third place to regional plans and county strategies."
The group said it respected the “hard work and dedication” of city councillors, but added the council had “tremenedous unused potential.”
They said: “We need to ensure that it delivers maximum results for our city. We need to ensure that it speaks with one voice to get the best for Bangor.
“Yes, we face challenges on issues ranging from jobs to services; from housing to crime. But we believe very strongly that we, the people of Bangor, can face and meet those challenges.”
The group, which includes city and Gwynedd cllrs Nigel Pickavance and Chris O’Neal, said it felt Bangor did not get a fair deal at county level.
The statement added: “ We want effective representation for our city in the council chamber in Caernarfon.
“Not as a part of a Gwynedd-wide party group, having to compromise; Not serving any hidden agendas.
“But instead, standing up and putting Bangor’s interests first and foremost where it counts.”
The statement said The People’s Choice would focus on building its organisation and support .
It added: “Then we will take our case to the doorsteps, the streets and the polling stations and fight to put Bangor first.”