'Council's ego trip destroying our town hall' FURY OVER CAR PARK PLAN.
Byline: DANIEL BISSETT Daily Post Reporter email@example.com
A COUNCIL on an "ego trip" is "destroying" the character of a grade II listed building.
That is the claim made by Bangor city councillor Derek Hainge who has criticised Gwynedd council over its PS2.6m redevelopment of the town hall also known as Bishop's Palace.
Public services have moved out of the building to make way for the new-look Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, which is being relocated there.
The comments came as Gwynedd put in a new application to create six car parking spaces at the site.
Cllr Hainge, who represents the Marchog ward, said: "They're proposing to destroy a grade II listed building and put a car park there.
"Enough is enough, they have done enough damage to the Bishop's Palace as it is.
"When the council were originally conversing about the site, they seemed to be leaving it as it should be. But this seems to have been completely changed.
"There will be nothing left of the original setting and all to satisfy the ego of Gwynedd council.
"Surely they could come up with plans which are more sympathetic to such an historic site?" But another councillor, John Wynn Jones, disagreed: "I think it is very unfair to say someone is on an ego trip as a lot of people have been working hard together on this project."
| Cllr Hainge Cllr Jones added that the new museum and art gallery would be "the pearl in the crown of the city".
The plans were discussed at a meeting of the city council's planning and amenities committee recently.
Town clerk Gwyn Hughes said the key point was whether councillors were happy seeing cars park at the front of the historic building.
Cllr Jean Forsyth, who represents the Hirael ward, expressed concern about how close it was to a children's play area.
Blast: Derek Councillors voted not to object to the application but agreed ask Gwynedd council about access for vehicles into the site of the new museum.
Fears: Cllr Hinge |said there will be 'nothing left' of the original Bishop's Palace