Bangor City Councillors have voted unanimously to allow dogs on Bangor Pier.

The move follows a recent campaign to revoke the twenty year rule preventing dogs being walked along Bangor’s famous pier. A recent Poll on The Bangor Pier Appreciation Group’s Faceboook Page, had shown there was overwhelming support to allow Dogs on Bangor Pier under supervision.

The new rule allowing dogs on the pier will start from 7th November, following the next full council meeting, this will be subject to rules which will be confirmed by the council and will initially be for a trial period of 6 months.

The poll launched by Bangor and Gwynedd Councillor Nigel Pickavance had shown that 280 of the 290 people that voted supported the idea of dogs being allowed on the pier, although the majority of those supporting the idea would prefer dogs to be kept on a lead.

Some respondents had expressed reservations about dog waste, while others have suggested dog waste bags should be available and waste bins be installed near the entrance to the pier, but the majority of respondents were happy as long as dog owners are responsible.

Cllr Pickavance announced the council’s decision this evening, saying: “The City Council voted unanimously in favour of allowing dogs on the pier, subject to rules.” he added “Thank you to everyone for your support and feedback with this campaign.”

Councillors also agreed the following recommendations for the Pier:

That Cycling or Skateboarding will not be allowed – (For info, law states no ‘Cycling’ so walking with a bike has been accepted)

Continue to allow real flowers to be placed on memorials on the Pier but no plastic toys as has been the rule for the last 18 months.

No Alcohol on the Pier but if any licence application is requested either for tenants or for events, each one will be considered on its own merits.

Signage – A larger sign will be placed on junction of Beach Road and Garth Road giving directions the Pier.