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Drone footage captures damage to pier after collapse

Drone footage by ITV News has captured the damage to Colwyn Bay Pier after it partially collapsed into the sea.

A section of the ballustrade at the lower end of the Grade II listed pier collapsed on Wednesday.

Contractors have been working to remove fallen pieces from the pier and salvaging materials.

A spokeswoman by Conwy County Borough Council said said engineers are carrying out an assessment to agree the 'best approach'.

Over recent years, the council has been quite clear about the deteriorating state of the pier. Fencing has been in place around the structure for some time for public safety and we urge the public to take note of the situation and keep away from the area.

– Conwy County Borough Council spokeswoman

The Colwyn Victoria Trust Campaign, set up to redevelop the structure, said it had been warning of the danger of collapse for several years.

A statement on the group's Facebook page said: "Well what a day the poor pier has had. So sad to see her broken."

On the positive side the stanchions are still standing solid as far as we can see. Obviously engineers have to examine. Half the decking at the end which we knew was rotten has fallen into the sea taking with it the balustrade.

We have been warning of the possibility of this happening for years and the balustrade should have been removed and put into storage.

– The Colwyn Victoria Trust Campaign

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