Thursday, 4 October 2007

Apologies for not updating

Hi Everyone,
I am very sorry I have not updated for a while, this was due to a family illness and prevented me being as active as normal with the website.


I was sent this email from the former Mayor Mr Douglas Madge this week and hope you will all agree that this is exciting news for the business sector of Bangor. Here is what he sen me.

The Bangor Business Forum is inviting all business whether large or small in Bangor to attend a meeting at the "Friends Meeting House" in Dean Street, Bangor at 5pm for a cuppa and the meeting starts at 6pm smart on Monday 22nd October 2007 .

Attending at this meeting will be Gwynedd County Council Officers to answer pre-arranged questions sent from the floor. These questions will have to be put in writing and sent to me at least a week before hand for the officials to digest before answering. Any questions not answered will be replied to by email or by letter through me. This is the first time that the Bangor Business Forum would have had officers from Gwynedd County Council to attend a meeting of this kind in Bangor, so it is very important for business people in Bangor to attend.
Mr. Dafydd Williams the principal Engineer (Traffic & Street Care) from the Planning and Transportation Services will answer any questions on traffic and parking.
Mr. Meirion Williams the Arfon Area Engineer from the Highways and Municipal Section will be available to answer issues relating to street cleaning.
Mr. Colin Morris the Head of Business Support will be representing the Economy and Regeneration Service.
Further to recent conversation between Mr. Dafydd Edwards, the Council's Head of Finance and councilor June Marshall it was agreed that Mr. Edwards. Mr Euryl Lloyd Jones the Council's Local Taxation Manager and an officer from the Valuation Office Agency in Bangor will attend the meeting to answer any queries regarding rates. It was also agreed that these officers would not be available until 7pm, therefore any issues concerning highways and economy/regeneration may be addressed at the start of the meeting.
Would you please treat the above as urgent so that business people in Bangor can read all about this event in good time.
Also there is to be a talk by the National Farmers' Retail and market Association in Neuadd Craflwyn, Beddgelert on Thursday the 25th October between 10.15 and 4pm on the day. I was interested in starting an open market in Bangor so if all goes well I shall attend at this meeting to further my knowledge on this subject. Steve Garrett from the Riverside at Cardiff and Gareth Jones from the above Association will be giving a talk each. It is run by Sustainable Gwynedd Gynnaladwy on 01766 543 033
End of email.

Now if you remember we covered the last meeting of the Forum here on Bangor Eye, with some video footage of some of the concerns raised. Following the meeting officers of the forum were concerned that the questions that the floor was asking could not be answered as there were no officers from Gwynedd Council present at the time. The group realised that action was needed to address this situation and contacted Gwynedd to see if they could supply officers from different departments to be present on an arranged evening so that business owners concerns could be answered.

I would like to therefore urge you all to attend on Monday 22nd October and contact either Douglas Madge or myself here at with your questions so that they can be forwarded and replied to on the night.

To do this please send me an email with yor name, business name, phone number and question to and I will forward them all to Douglas in time for the meeting.

It is a chance to ask questions to the right people and for once perhaps get some answers.

That's all for now, see you real sooooon!

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Thursday, 20 September 2007

Bangor Gives Welsh a good go!

Hi everyone,
I have just been sent an inteesting email from the good people at Bwrdd yr Iaith / Welsh Language Board. I have included both the Welsh and English versions of the e-mail (below) and hope you will all make a big effort to take part in 'Giving Welsh a Go'. Here is the message first in Welsh and then in English.

Bangor yn croesawu ‘Cymraeg yn Gyntaf’!

Ar ddydd Sadwrn 22 Medi bydd ymgyrch Cymraeg yn Gyntaf yn cael ei lansio mewn 19 ardal ar draws Cymru - a mae Bangor wedi cael ei dewis i fod yn ran o’r ymgyrch. Pwrpas yr ymgyrch yw i annog pobl yn yr ardaloedd hyn i ddefnyddio mwy o Gymraeg yn eu bywydau bob dydd.

Mae Bangor yn un o 19 ardal ar draws Cymru sy’n croesawu ymgyrch ‘Cymraeg yn Gyntaf’ sy’n targedu siaradwyr a dysgwyr Cymraeg er mwyn eu cael nhw i fentro defnyddio Cymraeg cyn Saesneg wrth ddechrau sgwrs.

Mae rhaglen llawn o ddigwyddiadau a gweithgareddau wedi eu trefnu o dan ofal Bwrdd yr Iaith Gymraeg er mwyn hybu ac annog pobl i gymryd rhan yn yr ymgyrch – o sesiynau magu hyder yn y Gymraeg, a sut i wneud datganiadau dwyieithog ar yr uwch seinydd i staff Morrisons ar yr Hysbys, i gig yn y Glôb gyda’r band poblogaidd Gwibdaith Hen Fran. Mae rhywbeth wedi’u drefnu at ddant pawb!

Yn ôl Caren Wyn Roberts, Swyddog Datblygu Cynllun Gweithredu Iaith Bangor, mae'r ymgyrch yn gyfle gwych i bobl Bangor ddefnyddio eu Cymraeg gymaint a phosib - yn y gwaith, yn y gymuned leol ac wrth gymdeithasu.

"Mae’r ymgyrch yn gyfle i bobl weld a chlywed gymaint o Gymraeg sy’n yr ardal a gobeithio wedyn i godi eu hyder i ddechrau sgwrs yn Gymraeg yn y dyfodol. Mae rhaglen o weithgareddau wedi eu trefnu fydd yn apelio at bawb yn yr ardal. Uchafbwynt yr wythnos i ni fydd noson gymdeithasol i ddysgwyr Cymraeg yng nghwmni Ifor ap Glyn ym mar Theatr Gwynedd. Yn dilyn cydweithrediad rhwng Bwrdd yr Iaith Gymraeg â chwmni trenau Arriva, bydd tocynnau trên am ddim i ddysgwyr Cymraeg o Benmaenmawr, Llanfairfechan a Chaergybi – fydd yn dod a’r dair ardal arall sy’n ran o’r ymgyrch eleni at ei gilydd ym Mangor. Rydym yn edrych ymlaen yn arw at hwnnw. Rwy’n hyderus bydd yr wythnos o brysurdeb yn hwb at gynnal digwyddiadau tebyg gydol y flwyddyn lle bydd y Gymraeg yn rhan amlwg ym mywyd yr ardal."

Bangor gives Welsh a good go!

On Saturday 22 September the Welsh – Give it a Go campaign will kick off in 19 areas across Wales - and Bangor has been chosen to take part. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage more people to use Welsh in their everyday lives.

Bangor is one of 19 areas in Wales that will welcome the week long 'Welsh –Give it a go!' campaign which targets Welsh speakers and learners to get them to use their Welsh before English when starting a conversation.

A full programme of events and activities have been organised by the Welsh Language Board in order to encourage people to take part in the campaign. There should be something to please everybody – from confidence building sessions for using Welsh at work and making bilingual announcements on the tannoy for staff at Morrisons, to a gig by popular Welsh band Gwibdaith Hen Fran at the Glôb in Upper Bangor.

According to Caren Wyn Roberts, Development Officer for the Bangor Language Action Plan, the campaign is a chance for the people of Bangor to use Welsh as much as possible - at work, socially and in the community.

"The campaign offers people the chance to actually see and hear how much Welsh there is in the area and hopefully have more confidence to start a conversation in Welsh in the future. A full programme of activities has been organised that will appeal to everybody. The highlight of the week for us being a social evening for Welsh learners at Theatr Gwynedd in the company of Ifor ap Glyn. Due to recent co-operation between the Welsh Language Board and Arriva Trains Wales, free train tickets will be available for learners from Llanfairfechan, Penmaenmawr and Holyhead – brining three other campaign areas together to Bangor. We’re all looking forward to that. I’m confident that the week’s energy and enthusiasm will trigger future events where Welsh will play an obvious part in our community life.”

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Bangor in Bloom a Great success!

Hi again,
I don't know if you personally got to the first ever Bangor in Bloom festival, but if you didn't then you missed a great day.
The organisers were a little apprehensive at first and didn't know how it would all pan out, but they needn't have worried as the weather was kind and the crowds flooded in all day long.
Demonstrations my the Appolo Majorettes went down a treat as did the Silver Band.

Mr Douglas Madge proved to be a very hard working Mayor during his term in office and this year year has not changed a thing. Along with his team of helpers including June Forsyth and Jeanne Molyneux (forgive me for not naming everyone) the event was well organised and well supported by the business community. All the photos and details can be found on their brand new website and plans are already on the way to repeat the event and make it an annual festival in the Bangor calendar.
The proceedings were opened by the Mayor Mr Derek Hainge and trophies were donated by different businesses.
It is estimated that a few thousand people visited the event throughout the day and enjoyed a crafts fair marquee to boot.
Bouncy castles, Syrcas Circus and all the fun of a traditional community festival was enjoyed by everyone and our congratulations and thanks goes to everyone involved in this fantastic day.

See you sooooon.

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Thursday, 6 September 2007

Bangor in Bloom this Saturday!

The City's first ever Bangor in Bloom Festival is going ahead on Saturday and with activities going on all day fro 10am onwards, you are well advised to give it a visit.

Competitions and fun are the order of the day and a lot of local businesses have helped make it possible. The event is on Beach Road and there will be plenty of parking, so take the whole family and help make this an annual event.

We have built them a website and it can be found on . We hope to bring you all the photos from the days event online this weekend.
Check back to see it and mark their website in your favourites.

See ya all soooon.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Last week' Bangor Forum Meeting

Hi Everyone,
Bangor Eye has now put parts of last week's meeting online in video form.
I would like to apologise in advance for the poor quality sound. This was mainly due to the acoustics being so bad in the room.
However if you turn up the volume on your PC, you should make sense of it all.

It was a very lively meeting with many of the attendees anxious to ask questions about different problems in the city. Unfortunately on this occasion the questions were directed at different issues in the area and it was promised, that the Forum as a mediator would try to arrange fro different officers from Gwynedd Council etc to be present on the next meeting, so that the questions could be directed to the right people. Check back to Bangor Eye soon, so that we can update you on the date and times of this proposed meeting.

In the meantime, I have been sent a report on the presentation given by Mr Dafydd Hughes of the Assembly by the Forum's Secretary Mrs June Marshall.

Here is the report in full.


Report on the inaugural meeting of the Bangor Business Forum held in the Penrhyn Hall, Bangor on 14th. August 2007 at 6pm.

The meeting was opened by the Chairman of the Bangor Business Forum, Douglas Madge, who welcomed the audience and introduced the speaker, Mr Dafydd Hughes, Director of the Mon Menai scheme.

In the course of his presentation Mr Hughes presented a vision of Bangor as the leading urban area in the “Menai Hub”, an area described by the triangle formed by Bangor, Caernarfon and Llangefni. Investment in this region, it is hoped, will radiate lasting economic benefits across the region. At the heart of the plan is the development of indigenous high tech industries, high quality sustainable tourism and the potential of the transport corridor to Ireland.

There are to be better rail links to London and improvements to the A55 and the Britannia Bridge. There is to be investment in a new “Firespeed” fibre optic Internet connection. Plans are being developed for Hirael Bay, including the pier, and Bangor High Street will have a face lift. Work is ongoing to develop strategic sites such as Parc Menai and Bryn Cegin. A new South Anglesey industrial park is proposed.

The scheme is working closely with the University, Coleg Menai and Gwynedd and Anglesey Councils. Both the University and Coleg Menai have a strategic role in providing a highly trained work force to take advantage of the new opportunities.

The scheme proposes to support the marine industrial sector and attractions which will bring year round high spending tourists to the area. This includes improving the access for cruise ships on Anglesey.

The scheme would like to attract investment for a large hotel with conference facilities in Bangor but has been unable to persuade consultants that there is a business case for this.

Dafydd Hughes responded to questions and comments following the presentation.
Although the scheme was welcomed, there were some reservations expressed. When questioned, Mr Hughes was unable to indicate the level of investment which will come to Bangor. Nor could he give an assurance that local businesses would be given preferential access to tendering opportunities. Those present were concerned about the implications of the proposals and there is undoubtedly a need for more discussions and consultation if Bangor is to gain full benefit from this scheme.

June Marshall
Bangor Business Forum

21st. August 2007

That's all for now see you all here soooon!
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Friday, 10 August 2007


Hi everyone,

I have just received this newsletter from Jenny Blakemore of BACBAC.

I have cut an pasted the contents below:

PC Ian Ellis
PC 1314 is leaving his position of CBM for the High Street in Bangor

I am sure all the businesses in both Bangor and Caernarfon will join me in wishing PC Ellis farewell and good luck in his new role.
PC Ellis joined the Police Force in 1978 his postings have included CID (criminal Investigations Department) in Bangor, Coroners Officer, he has been stationed at Holyhead, Llangefni and Aberffraw before coming to Bangor as CBM in 2002

Without PC Ellis’s hard work and determination to make a difference to the High Street there would not be a post of Business Crime Reduction Co-ordinator therefore we would not be running a successful Radio Link and Exclusion Scheme.

He succeeded in getting the backing and support of the local Community Safety Facilitator Eira Huws , Chairman of Community Safety Group Ayrton Westwood and Action Against Business Crime Manager Steve Booth between them they successfully applied for funding from the Home Office for a post of Business Crime Co-ord.

He has been involved in many many initiatives in the effort to improve Bangor. And a great support to myself and all the businesses in both Bangor and Caernarfon.

Goodbye and
Good Luck
PC Ellis


Stock Loss Survey
On average BACBAC
Businesses on Bangor High Street take around £20 million a year. Indications show that there has been a significant improvement in stock loss results businesses have report to the co-ord that there has been a reduction of almost 50% in their shrinkage since BACBAC was inaugurated. Since the launch of the Exclusion Scheme and the introduction of the Radio link with CCTV businesses and their staff have been far more vigilant when it comes to internal and external theft.

We have been hearing on a regular basis from different sources that offenders from the Bangor and Caernarfon areas are been caught shop lifting further a field. We have heard stories from Holyhead, Llandudno, Rhyl and Pwllheli. These traveling offenders are people we have excluded from your businesses as part of the BACBAC Exclusion Scheme.
When Security staff in Llandudno asked one offender why she was shoplifting so far from home she replied “because I am BARRED from Bangor and Caernarfon, well I have to shoplift somewhere”
Other areas are now in the process of setting up similar schemes so we need to be aware that we may also get displacement from other areas especially coming up to the Christmas trading period.
As and when others schemes are set up I will be forming links so that we can all share information on prolific shoplifters that might travel to our areas.

PC1314 Ian Ellis:
“Although I am looking forward to the challenge of my new role back on CID. I will be sorry to leave Bangor where I have made many friends and have been so readily and warmly accepted by the community and in particular the businesses of Bangor.
When I look back at my police service one of the initiatives I am proudest of is the role I played in setting up BACBAC the businesses have enthusiastically and whole heartedly move it forward under the leadership of Jenny to the success it is today. Thank you very much for your support”
Ian PC1314

LL57 1NW

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Thursday, 9 August 2007

Bangor Business Forum Open Meeting

Hi everyone,
I received this open letter so that I could post it on the Bangor Blog. So here it is in it's entirety. I hope you will all be able to attend.

Over the next six years the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Union will be making a substantial investment in the economy of Bangor under the Mon Menai Scheme.

The Bangor Business Forum invites all businesses operating in Bangor to send a
senior representative to attend a special meeting where they can learn more about the scheme.

Dafydd Hughes, the Assembly officer leading the Mon Menai scheme will give a presentation on the investment proposals being explored and to listen to suggestion and ideas.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th Aug st at 6.00pm in Penrhyn Hall, Ffordd Gwynedd, Bangor. To enable those attending to come straight from work there will be light refreshments available from 5pm, giving the business community a rare opportunity to network.

It would be helpful to the organisers of this event if you could indicate if you would like to attend, Please send an email to advising of your intention to attend, or if you are unable to attend if you you would like to receive an email with any information coming out of the meeting.

The Bangor Retail forum was formed in 2005 to consider initiatives required to improve the retail business environment. It has functioned as a useful liaison group bringing together business people trading in Bangor with officers from relevant Gwynedd Council departments, community leaders and the police.

Recently in response to the opportunities offered by the Mon Menai Scheme, the Forum has changed its name to the Bangor Business Forum with the intention of becoming a constituted membership organisation. The Forum will be sending out a newsletter and inviting applications for membership in due course.

For further information contact June Marshall (secretary) on 01248 370 955 or email

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