Bangor Cricket Club have applied to build a new clubhouse and pavilion at their Ty Newydd Ground on the Llandegai Industrial Estate.
The Cricket Club was established in 1856 and has been a prominent and successful part of the community for over 160 years. Although the club have kept themselves at the forefront of the North Wales Cricket League the pavilion and changing rooms are now in urgent need of full modernisation and general upgrading to halt the ongoing deterioration of the building.
The club currently runs 3 senior teams participating in the North Wales Cricket League and Junior sides from ages 6-18 as well as encouraging participation by girls of all ages whether in single or ‘mixed’ sex teams. These improved facilities will in turn ensure coaching of young players [ male and female ] is paramount with the effect of retaining interest in the game throughout their cricketing careers.
The England and Wales Cricket Board are actively encouraging all clubs affiliated to the board to invite financial grants for the refurbishment/rebuilding of their current facilities in order to improve both the social and sporting side of the clubs, thus providing modern standards for member recruitment.
The planning application is for the demolition of the existing Bangor Cricket Club and building a new purpose built single storey cricket pavilion incorporating club room, service facilities and changing rooms.
The application is designed to allow the Cricket Club to maintain the very high standards of cricket in the ensuing years and to encourage member participation, irrespective of age or gender.
The club fear that without modern facilities, interest amongst members could dwindle and the proposals are designed to halt the exodus of youngsters in particular, which they say is a national problem. The club also feel the current facilities are outdated and in need of considerable expense in order to maintain the building fabric.
In 2018 a scheme was drawn up to upgrade the existing ‘players lounge and changing rooms but estimates submitted proved to be considerably over budget and did not offer the long term value for money expected by the granting authorities. These plans were therefore shelved in favour of constructing a new purpose built building.