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Council refused permission to demolish Colwyn Bay pier

Conwy Council did have plans to demolish the Colwyn Bay pier. Photo: The Victorian Society

Colwyn Bay pier will remain where it is for now as Conwy Council's demolition application has been refused by the Welsh Government.

The decision came after a petition was handed in to ministers by Clwyd West AM Darren Millar a few days ago.

More than 1,000 people had signed the petition asking ministers to refuse the application to demolish the seaside landmark.

Council officials had claimed that it was time to “call it a day” on the eyesore which has cost them hundreds of thousands of pounds to keep safe.

But the Colwyn Victoria Pier Trust say the pier is in "no worse condition than many other piers around the UK" and are hoping to work with local authorities to successfully restore it.

However, the council say they are likely to submit a new planning application in the near future:

We are, of course, disappointed with the decision but are reassured that our application satisfied the Minister on the first two of the three elements contained in the guidelines and criteria used to assess proposals for demolition of a listed building.

At this early stage it is likely that the council will submit a new application once we’ve done further work on the one remaining area that the Minister has identified as needing further attention by us.

– Conwy Council