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Lottery fund rejects £4.9m bid to restore Colwyn Bay's pier

The pier has been closed to the public since 2008 Photo: ITV News Wales

Conwy County Borough Council's plans to redevelop Colwyn Bay's historic pier have hit problems, after the council's bid for nearly five million pounds of Heritage Lottery funding were turned down.

In recent years, the Victoria Pier has faced an uncertain future, with its former owner declared bankrupt in 2008.

The council announced it had become the new owner of the pier last week. The group it set up to renovate the structure, Shore Thing, had put the proposed Lottery funding at the centre of its plans.

The Grade-II listed pier was officially opened in 1900.

We were impressed with the Council’s imaginative plans to transform Colwyn Bay Victoria Pier and its Art Deco pavilion into a much-needed community and tourist centre.

This month’s HLF Board meeting was very over-subscribed. Regretfully, we just didn’t have enough money to support all the applications we looked at on the day. We will be meeting with representatives from the Council shortly to discuss the best way forward for their project.

– Jennifer Stewart, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Wales