Clwyd West MP David Jones has expressed his disappoinment at Conwy Council's failed Heritage Lottery bid but has raised questions over how the whole matter has been handled. "I am dismayed at this news. The pier is a worsening eyesore, which is disfiguring the Colwyn Bay seafront," he said.
"I hope that the Council will now urgently improve its funding bid and resubmit it to HLF as quickly as reasonably possible. I do have major concerns about the way this issue has been handled by the Council.
"Many people in the town have innovative ideas as to how the pier can be made to pay, so as to provide a sustainable income stream. The whole of the county now has a vested interest in the pier, so local people should be allowed to have their say."
Conwy County Borough Council has responded to the Heritage Lottery Fund's decision not to award £4.9 million to renovate Colwyn Bay's Victoria Pier.
– Conwy County Borough Council spokesperson
We are naturally disappointed, but the funding application can be revisited as it is not a case of now or never.
What is important to the Council is that it has control of the Pier so that the appearance of an obvious eyesore can be improved.
We are entirely committed to achieving this aim and will be pursuing all opportunities.
The Heritage Lottery says was a long queue for cash and they couldn't stretch to £4.5m for Colwyn Bay pier.
The council have bought it but former owner Steve Hunt is still pursuing legal action over this point. The case is due in county court.
The news leaked by Mr Hunt. Heritage Lottery were planning to release press statement tomorrow. They're puzzled how Mr Hunt found out.