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Bangor High Street could be home to a three-storey hotel should the application be successful. The plans were submitted by Copley Square Ltd to turn Bangor’s current DVLA offices into a hotel.  It would see a change of use of the offices into a hotel and then a three-storey extension to the building. The DVLA offices will close in November 2013 seeing 12 jobs lost but with the option for the staff to move to the Swansea office. It is thought that the conversion into a hotel would provide a number of full-time and part-time jobs for the local community.…

A Bangor University graduate will be attempting to cycle from Cardiff to Paris in aid of Shelter Cymru next month. Diana Miller will be leaving the Welsh capital on 23rd September for her journey. The trip will take her four days if she cycles around 90 miles per day. Diana will be meeting up with other cyclists attempting the trip in aid of the charity also. Her trip will raise money for Shelter Cymru who help people in Wales to find a home and keep it. Diana has been volunteering for the charity since 2009, taking part in a number…

The Olympic Torch entered the streets of Bangor at 17:39 yesterday, to legions of cheers from students, and locals, who lined the footpaths. It’s arrival was part of a five day tour of Wales, which included travelling through major areas such as Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, and Anglesey, before being carried up Snowdon, and progressing into England today. It was carried into the city by sixty one year old Malcolm Jones from Tremadog, a keen mountain runner who has completed all 37 Snowdon Mountain International Races since they began in 1975. Many Bangor University staff and students also became torch bearers…

If after the exams and highly anticipated summer ball, you’re hanging around Bangor for a little longer you might be wondering if there is anything to get up to. Well you’ll be happy to hear that the 3rd annual Bangor CARNIVAL is rolling into town on Saturday 9th June and is expected to be bigger and better than ever. After the protests in Bangor three years ago about the lack of pride and sense of community in the area, a group of residents took it upon themselves to create this event for everyone to enjoy. The day will start with…

An appeal is being made by the family of an A-level student who went missing Wednesday 25th April 2012. Beloved brother and son Matthew Williams, 18, from Bangor, was last seen by his parents Dennis and Susan Williams as he left their home on Caernarfon Road on the Wednesday to get a McDonalds from the nearby outlet, and later told them he was going to visit a friend’s house nearby. Matthew’s mum Susan, 42, became concerned when she discovered that Matthew, who volunteers at an old people’s home, was not in his room Thursday morning when she went in there,…

The body of a man has been found in Felinheli on the 16th April 2012. A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “We can confirm that the body of a man has been recovered from a wooded area in Felinheli. The man in his twenties, who has not been formally identified, is believed to be local. At this time police are not treating the death as suspicious.” The body has now been identified as 23-year-old plasterer Dion Hughes and the police are still not treating the death as suspicious. It is thought that Mr Hughes was finding it difficult to…

Despite the fact that the crime rate in North Wales is supposed to be considered as one of the lowest in the UK, Bangor has recently been plagued by episodes of violence. According to online figures for February 2012, shockingly Bangor was at the top of the list as the most crime-ridden city in North West Wales. High levels of anti-social behaviour, vehicle crime, drug-related crime, theft damage and criminal damage appeared to be the main causes after being reported across the city. Telling WalesOnline.co.uk her thoughts on the matter, Bangor Cllr June Marshall said: “It’s a bit sad. I’m…

The Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey will close down one of its reactors later this month. Officials said Reactor 2, which began operating in 1971, would stop producing electricity on 30 April because of limited fuel stocks and the remaining Reactor 1 is allowed to operate until 2014. Last month both E.ON and RWE nPower made the decision to not go ahead with Wylfa B, intended to operate from 2025, after a strategic review. This has left the Government in a serious dilemma but it insists that it will continue with the replacement of nuclear power stations even after…

Due to rough seas a cargo ship, with its seven crew members, ran aground near Colwyn Bay on the evening of 4th April. Whilst traversing the waters at Llanddulas, the ship collided with a rock on the breakwater, causing it to run aground broadside on the coast. The first thing the emergency services needed to do was save the crew from the stricken boat. They worked tirelessly from two lifeboats and a helicopter, combating the awful weather conditions of gale-like winds and pitching waves. Five of the crew were rescued before midnight but the two remaining members had to stay…

The results of the 2012 sabbatical elections have today been announced. After days of hard fraught campaigning, a new voting system and much jovial banter between candidates, the new sabbatical officers are Antony Butcher for President, Shon Prebble for VP Education & Welfare, Ash Kierans for VP Societies & Community and Emyr Bath for VP Sports & Healthy Living. The results breakdown for the Presidential election are in the first and only round: Anthony Butcher 1230 votes Joey McNally 207 votes Will Osborne 373 votes Re-open nomination 25 votes Concluding Antony Butcher won the Presidential election with a landslide victory. The results breakdown  for the VP Education & Welfare election are in the first round: Shon Prebble…

Aberystwyth Guild of Students President Ben Meakin has faced recent criticism regarding an inappropriate act where he allegedly took part in a drinking game, which some have described as being degrading towards women. Mr Meakin was photographed at a pub following a union sporting event, where a woman was seen to be imitating a sexual act on Mr Meakin, as part of a drinking game. The photograph was released onto social networking site Facebook where it received heavy criticism, some of the comments claiming that the act was lewd and degrading towards women. Other comments are reported to have said that some criticizers were being over critical with…

Five Bangor students have made it through to University Challenge televised rounds after first applying to go onto the show in November of last year. The five lucky finalists including four panel members and a team reserve are Captain Nina Grant – BA French and Linguistics, Simon Tomlinson – PhD Psychology, Mark Stevens – BSc Environmental Science, Adam Pearce, PhD Translation and Catriona Coutts, BA English Literature. The top 15 scorers from the November tryouts were then invited for further tryouts and from these tests the five top scorers were invited to an interview in Manchester. Put before the production…

There are currently 5 enterprise zones in Wales with plans for two more in Gwynedd and Pembrokeshire by Edwina Hart (Business Minister for the Welsh Assembly). There have been calls for an enterprise zone to be created in Newport where a petition has been handed into the Senedd for reasons that haven’t been made clear yet. Anglesey: Primarily to do with Wylfa B but also a number of sites around the island are being considered in the energy and environment sector to be supported by this Zone. Cardiff: The zone boundary in the city is aligned to the central business…

Bangor was the first Welsh city to host Love Music Hate Homophobia (LMHH), a national event that aims to raise awareness about homophobia and its effects. LMHH was able to add a political message to the one club night a month that caters to the LGBTQ+ population. Contrary to popular belief we do not live in a post-homophobic society and homophobia is still rampant within our society. Most recently this was seen in Bangor when an LMHH poster was vandalised to say “Love Music Hate Queers.” This soon became a conversation when gay rights activists changed the poster to say…

Bins in Bangor have been causing a lot of controversy in the city recently, the main problem being irregular collection leaving the streets sprawled with waste. After the Christmas holiday there seems to have been a lapse in bin collection resulting in bin bags being piled on the floor next to bins and food waste bins fermenting with mould. This along with the extreme winds we have been greeted by over the past few weeks has meant that rubbish has ended up sprawled throughout residential areas, creating a stench and an awful sight. On Glanarft Hill, a gathering of maggots…

Pontio, Bangor University’s new, £40 Million Arts and Innovation Centre has appointed its first Artistic Director. Elen Ap Robert graduated in Music from the University of Sheffield, before spending six years working as a professional opera singer. She has also worked as a music therapist, specialising in supporting children with learning and communication difficulties in Gwynedd, Ynys Mon, and Conwy. Robert’s responsibilities as Artistic Director will include developing a range of arts based activities for a variety of audiences, as well as using the arts to develop links between the university and the community. Speaking of her new position,…

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