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Bangor High Street is to see the return of their weekly Markets. Around 30 stalls are to be set up in the City over the next few weeks. The return started on Friday 18th October, seeing around 15 stalls. There will be an additional 15 in the upcoming weeks. Market Superintendent, Emyr Owen described how the market will bring only a good healthy competition to the shops on the High Street. The improvements have been made to ensure that Bangor is one of the best cities in North Wales. The stalls will be set up every Friday on the run…

Residents of Bangor have aired their fears that the city is turning into a ‘student ghetto’. A meeting was conducted by the Garth residents to discuss their anger on the plans for a 64 student development on Garth Road. Local residents believe the proportion of student accommodation to that of family homes is growing out of control. Lionel Gardner, a Bangor resident, said: “What concerns me is that Bangor is being submerged more and more by student accommodation”. “There’s an unhealthy balance between university students and the population of Bangor – 12,000 students in a city of 13,000 is totally…

Recent plans for a new science park project in Anglesey are set to increase graduate opportunities in North Wales. The Menai Science Park was given the go ahead by the Welsh Government after last year’s budget negotiations secured the future funding of the park, with the pledge of £10m capital to be raised over two years. The future of the project has also been assured further by the appointment of Ieuan Wyn Jones as project director, who will step down from his role in the Welsh Assembly in order to take on the job. The aim of a science park is to…

A fire in Upper Bangor has caused a number of residences to be cordoned off by the emergency services. Local residents report that at approximately 4pm this afternoon, a property in Hill Street, behind Patrick’s Bar, had a gas leak that resulted in a small explosion and has been on fire since. Residents in the area have been told to keep to the back of their houses to avoid gas fumes, and people outside of the cordoned area are unable to return to their homes. Power has been turned off on Hill Street and the surrounding block, affecting houses on…

A group of nine young volunteers are to spend the next week doing work around Bangor’s Cathedral and grounds. The group, led by Bangor student Annabel Benjamin and Nicholas Vun, has been organised by CSV Heritage whose ‘mission is to enable people to take an active role in their communities’. Work will begin today (Thursday) and will be overseen by the Cathedral’s Dean, Sue Jones. The volunteers will take part in a number of tasks such as cleaning the stained glass windows and painting the fences. “The main idea is to do a bit of spring cleaning, anything from cleaning…

Bangor’s Pontio project will team up with Theatr Cymru to stage the first Welsh language performance in the upcoming centre. The production, which was announced at this year’s Eisteddfod, will be an adaptation of T Rowland Hughes’ ‘Chwalfa’. It will be the first time the Welsh novel has been performed on stage and is scheduled to take place around the opening in September next year. ‘Chwalfa’ was published in 1946 and is now considered a Welsh literary classic. Whilst set in the fictional quarry town Llechfaen, the story is actually based on the ‘Great Strike’ of Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda…

North Wales Police are investigating an incident near College Road in which a 50 year old man has died. The man fell from a top floor flat on Prince’s Road on Friday night, and later died after being taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd. The police are treating the death as suspicious and have held three people, two men and one woman, at Caenarfon Police station for questioning. The area around the incident has been cordoned off, and the flat is being subject to forensic investigation, with local residents reporting heavy police presence, as well as other emergency vehicles. North Wales Police…

A fire has destroyed part of the Welsh National Library. This afternoon a fire broke out atop the National Library of Wales situated in Aberystwyth leaving part of the building’s roof destroyed. The fire, which started at 14.40 today (Friday), saw 300 members of staff and 100 visitors evacuated from the historic building. “We need to know what happened and how. I’m puzzled by how it could have started. Clearly we need an inquiry.” Aled Gruffydd Jones, who will take over as Head Librarian in August, told the BBC earlier today. Around 30 firefighters attended the blaze, which is now…

The Pontio Company have bought a Bangor high street shop to support their presence within Bangor. This follows the start of the construction of the Pontio project at the bottom of Glanrafon Hill, next to the Main Arts building of the university, with a completion date of May 2014, and the opening time to be sometime within September 2014. The shop has no set usage yet, rather than to showcase Pontios events. So far it houses images of key events in the Pontio story, such as the laying of the foundation stone, the opening of the shop itself and the…

A local dog walker has thanked the quick thinking of a Bangor security guard for saving his life following a heart attack he suffered whilst walking across the Bangor University football fields. Trevor Roberts, 67, was spotted by security guard Robbie Williams when he collapsed on the football field, before he received vital, emergency first aid prior to the arrival of the paramedics. Mr Roberts was then taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd. As he recovered Roberts, a father of four, and grandfather or nine, said that he was “not feeling too bad. I’m very grateful to the lads for saving my…

A NEW checklist will help prepare students considering private accommodation. Leading estate and letting agents, PropertyWide.co.uk, have put together the checklist to make sure students don’t sign a contract before realising there’s something wrong with the property. The checklist (left)  encourages students to look into the important safety aspects of houses that they may otherwise overlook, such as gas safety and escape routes. It also covers breaking down the costs of living there as well as making sure that important features, such as taps and toilets work properly. This comes after a survey conducted by Property Wide, in March of…

North Wales Police and Gwynedd Council launched the Marine Watch on the 22 January. The scheme aims to raise awareness of marine crime, assist those already affected and increase safety. PCSO Caryl Thomas at Bangor Police Station, who is leading the roll-out, said “Essentially it’s about the theft of boats or equipment from them or boat yards so I’d like to see as many owners of marine craft join the scheme as possible. By joining ‘Marine Watch’ owners can register their vessel and be kept alert of any suspicious activity in the area.” Marine Watch will be using a well…

A 55-year-old driving instructor accused of inappropriate sexual behavior towards his pupils escaped immediate jail today. Judge John Rogers QC gave the defendant a nine month prison sentence suspended for a year, and an additional three month curfew between 7pm and 7am. Also, he will not be allowed to act as a driving instructor with any lone woman in the next ten years. Defendant Robert Delabertouche told a middle-aged woman that she had been a “naughty girl” and that he would put her over his knee and spank her. He was also accused of having put his hand on woman’s…

After a four day siege by militants of the BP gas plant in Algeria, two local men have returned to the UK after surviving the ordeal. Huw Edwards, a manager for fuel giant BP, has spoken of his experiences after being caught in the midst of the conflict between militant and armed forces in Algeria. Edwards, who is originally from Llandudno and still has family ties there, survived the 45-minute attack on the In Amenas gas depot on 17 January 2013. He was the plant’s technical manager and was on a bus journey to a nearby police station to carry…

Craig Williams, 40, has been jailed for 22 months by Caernarfon Crown Court after driving a 4×4 up Snowdon twice. Williams, from Cheltenham, was found guilty of two charges of dangerous driving. His Vauxhall Frontera was discovered twice at the summit in September 2011. He told the jury that it was not that difficult or dangerous, saying: “There wasn’t a soul on the landscape in the hours of darkness. There were 50 to 60 mph gale force winds, the rain was hard.” The first time, his car was discovered 200m from the summit cafe. However, he claimed that someone else…

A staff member at Bangor University has recently sailed the Atlantic Ocean in a bid to raise money for the Beaumaris National Lifeboat Institution. Stevie Scanlan, Marketing Manager at Bangor University’s college of Physical and Applied Sciences, said of the journey, which started from the Canaries for Antigua in November: “The whole experience was amazing. It was much more of a mental challenge than a physical one, the hardest thing was getting your head around the fact that you can’t get off the boat, but now that I’ve done it I feel like I can do anything.” She continued, “I…

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