Will boat trips run from Bangor this year?


Geraint Jones

PLEASURE boat trips could  return to Bangor this year.

Bangor and Gwynedd councillor Nigel Pickavance said an as-yet unnamed company hoped to start boat trips from the jetty by the Summer.

He added: “We’ve met with the owners of the company and the’re very keen to come to Bangor.

“We need to do everything we can to make this happen; let’s get boat trips going from Bangor this year.”

Cllr Pickavance said the company would discuss their plans with the Barry Davies, Gwynedd Council’s maritime manage.

He added: “It’s something where everyone needs to work together as a community to try to do everything we can to get this there.”

The councillor for Marchog ward added that the service could move to the pier’s pontoon if the structure were upgraded.

Cllr John Wynne Jones, then chair of Bangor City Council and its pier committee, told a public meeting in 2011 that the refurbishing the pier would cost £2 million.

He said: “As it is now, we all walked upon it and we all think that it’s fine and great but underneath, that structure is eroding.

We’ve got to paint it and give it some corrosion protection.”

Cllr Wynne Jones told the meeting that a maintenance plan had not been devised when the pier was refurbished in the 1980s.

Cllr Pickavance also urged Bangor Pride officer Emlyn Williams and town clerk Gwyn Hughes to reveal if they had obtained a quote for renovations to Bangor pier.

Mr Hughes said the council was awaiting draft report from consultants.

He added that he would report to city councillors, and a public consulation would then be launched.

Gwynedd Council was unavailable for comment as the Chronicle went to press yesterday (Wednesday, January 23).


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