"Don't use city as a cash cow," Bangor Civic Society warns developers


Geraint Jones

CAMPAIGNERS have urged property developers not to use Bangor as a "cash cow."

Huw and Yi Jones submitted plans for three buildings to house 64 students at old the Bron Derw surgery on Garth Road.

Don Mathew, of Bangor Civic Society, said: “I hope this sends a clear message to developers to stop using the City as some form of cash cow, and if the developers had spoken to us and local residents early on a great deal of time and money could have been saved all round."

Councillor Les Day, who represents Garth ward for city and county, said she had received a letter from Gwynedd Council which said the application had been withdrawn.

She said: “The developers have obviously recognised the depth of residents’ opposition to it.

Cllr Day said landlords in Bangor should concentrate on providing family accommodation.

“Now is not the time to be doing that sort of student accommodation.
“There are so many empty properties as you go down the High Street and past the station.

However, cllr Day praised Mr and Mrs Jones for attending a public meeting.

Bron Derw was coverted into a home after it closed in 2009.

Fears had been raised at the meeting that students who stayed at the development would become isolated from the wider community.

However, the developer’s design and access statement said: “The students occupying the accommodation will be encouraged to learn the Welsh language and all efforts will be made to raise their awareness of the Welsh language as part of the fabric of the wider local community.”

Opponents also said the new accommodation would be out of character with its surroundings.

Cllr Day thanked Garth residents, fellow Bangor councillor Jean Forsyth and Bangor Civic Society for opposing the development.

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