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Club stadium decision postponed
Bangor City FC wants a new stadium to replace Farrar Road
Bangor City FC wants a new stadium to replace Farrar Road
A decision on whether to allow Bangor City FC to construct a new 3,000-seat stadium has been postponed by councillors.

The Welsh Premier side want to move from Farrar Road to a new stadium in Nant Porth which will be able to host games in European competitions.

But some residents have voiced concerns about the environmental impact of the scheme.

Gwynedd councillors postponed making a decision at the meeting on Wednesday.

At the meeting on Wednesday, councillors decided they wanted to visit the site and also said they wanted more information about letters received in favour and against the application, which would see the stadium built on the banks of the Menai Straits.

'Safer environment'

The matter is likely to be discussed again in a month's time.

Planning permission for a smaller new ground for Bangor City was previously given in 2003, but the plans have now been amended for a stadium to seat 3,000 supporters.

Speaking before Wednesday's council meeting, Bangor City stadium manager Dilwyn Jones said the new proposal was an improvement on the previously submitted plans.
Menai Straits
Some residents in Menai Bridge are concerned about light pollution

He added: "Planning permission has already been given for the new ground at Nant Porth which includes a 600-seater stand with standing room for 2,000.

"The proposals for the second planning application tonight are to comply with Welsh Premier licensing and Uefa licensing which will be required over the next five to 10 years.

"It will provide a safer environment than the current proposal and it will reduce any further environmental impact on that site."

But Menai Bridge resident Judith Moss, who is opposed to the plans, said the football club could consider sharing a stadium with the city's rugby club on a different site at Llandegai.

She added: "This (Nant Porth) is a declared area of special conservation.

"I would like to ask Mr Jones why he wishes to have this (stadium) on the Menai Straits and not share a wonderful site with the rugby club?

'Outstanding natural beauty'

"Why will the football club not accept that as a way forward which is what other clubs are doing such as Wasps rugby and Queens Park Rangers, Swansea, they are all amalgamating together?

"We have concerns for light pollution, noise pollution and wildlife and this is an area of outstanding natural beauty."

When asked on BBC Radio Wales why Bangor City could not share a new stadium with the city's rugby club, stadium manager Mr Jones said: "This site at Nant Porth has been proposed by both the city council and developers."

Gwynedd council said it was aware that the rugby club was a site for consideration, although it added that the rugby club disputed that it had been approached.

The council added it was not in a position to judge if the rugby club site would be suitable.




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