Landmark will be safe for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions as £1m work gets go­ing

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Gareth Wyn Wil­liams

A £1M Restora­tion project is un­der­way at one of North Wales’ his­toric piers, with the aim of re­tain­ing it as a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity for many years to come.

At 1,500ft long, Ban­gor’s Garth Pier is the sec­ond longest in Wales, hav­ing been built in 1896.

The fund­ing for the project comes from Ban­gor City Coun­cil’s own cap­i­tal, which keeps back an al­lo­ca­tion of its funds to main­tain the pier when nec­es­sary. The last ma­jor works on Garth Pier took place in 1986.

The coun­cil clerk, Mr Ian Jones, said that the work is likely to take up to four years to com­plete, al­though the coun­cil hopes it will have been fin­ished in three, with North Wales con­trac­tors be­ing used, where pos­si­ble.

“Garth Pier has not re­ceived any ma­jor main­te­nance works for many years and is now in need of a re­fur­bish­ment.”

“Due to the pre­car­i­ous na­ture of this work, sub­stan­tial scaf­fold­ing is re­quired as well as strin­gent health and safety mea­sures.”

He added: “The first phase of the scaf­fold­ing has been up for over two weeks now.

“Much of the work will in­volve shot­blast­ing the gird­ers and mak­ing sure the struc­ture is sound.

“The pier will largely re­main open for the pub­lic al­though it will ob­vi­ously look very dif­fer­ent, aes­thet­i­cally, dur­ing the work.

“As a city coun­cil, we apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience dur­ing this con­struc­tion project but these works are deemed nec­es­sary to se­cure the fu­ture sta­bil­ity and safety of the pier for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy.”

De­spite be­ing re­fused Her­itage Lot­tery Fund­ing in 2015, Ban­gor City Coun­cil is fund­ing the three-year project to strenghten the struc­ture of the pier, which over­looks the Me­nai Strait.

In 2015, the coun­cil pre­sented a bid to add more kiosks and in­ter­pre­tive dis­plays to tell res­i­dents and vis­i­tors about the his­tory of the struc­ture over the last 120 years, but were knocked back in their bid.

De­spite this, Mr Jones added that the work is also set to re­sult in new handrails on the pier deck, as well as the struc­tural im­prove­ments un­der­neath.

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