At least £14 million will be invested in Bangor by the largest housing association in North Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) over the next three years.
As a registered social landlord, the primary purpose of CCG is to provide affordable rented homes to those in housing need. CCG manage over 6,000 properties in Gwynedd and are an independent not-for-profit organisation registered and regulated by the Welsh Government. Being not-for-profit means any surplus income is put back into the business so that they are able to continue providing more homes and services.
Four development schemes worth over £9 million are in the pipeline at Trem Elidir, the former Kwik Save site at Hirael and the former Bangor city social club site, Deiniol Road. Work is also underway at Penrhosgarnedd with four flats and four houses being built in partnership with MacLennan Construction. This brings the total number of units (a mixture of house and flats) CCG are hoping to build across the city to 63.
External work on existing properties will also start in the city next year, with a scheme worth over £4 million being carried out over the next three years. The work will include re-roofing, fencing and pathways and new external wall insulation.
CCG Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said: “I’m so proud of the work that’s being carried out by us in Bangor. As someone who was born and raised at Bangor and now raising my own family here, I’m in such a privileged and lucky position to be giving something back to this wonderful city and the communities we have here.
“With approximately 1800 applicants on the waiting list for affordable housing in Bangor it’s so important for us to be playing our part in meeting this demand for housing and providing people with efficient, modern and comfortable homes in the communities they want to live.
“We have already invested £1.5 million in substantial regeneration work at Hirael, and built new homes at Maesgeirchen, Tan y Bryn and Porth Penrhyn. Over the next seven years we are aiming to build 800 new houses across north Wales, and I’m sure that Bangor will benefit from more new homes in our achieving this target; there will also be many economic benefits from the work.
“It’s not just about the house building and the financial investment. We are extremely proud of the community work that has been carried out by our teams over the last year. We worked with Fly Tipping Wales and Wild Elements to create a community garden for tenants at Caernarfon Road. Our Community Warden set up a cycle club at Maesgeirchen over the summer and a graffiti project is about to kick off on the estate in partnership with North Wales Police.
“We have also given thousands of pounds over the last few years to local community groups through our Community Investment Fund, including Bangor Music Festival, Penrhosgarnedd Football Club, Partneriaeth Maesgeirchen Partnership and Hirael Tenants and Residents Association.”
The development schemes and external works will be funded by CCG and Welsh Government grants.
CCG are involved in a number of community projects including a community garden on Caernarfon Road and launching a bike club in Maesgeirchen