Members of Conwy Council have voted to demolish an historic pier which has dominated the seafront in Colwyn Bay since Victorian times
They say they can't afford to take the financial risks involved in restoring the massive and derelict structure as they already face having to make huge savings.
Ian Lang reports.
Councillor Ronnie Hughes from Conwy Council says that they can't afford to put that kind of money towards the pier and that other projects have to have priority.
Conwy councillors have voted to press ahead with plans to demolish Colwyn Bay Pier.
Councillors in Conwy will be discussing the future of Colwyn Bay's Victorian Pier this morning.
There are a number of options to be considered with demolition the most radical.
It's been estimated that it would cost up to £15 million pound to restore it.
The issue has been dogged by controversy with a simmering dispute over ownership between the council and the pier's former owner Steve Hunt.
This morning a small band of pier supporters gathered outside the council chamber calling for the pier to be saved.
A decision is due later today over the future of Colwyn Bay pier.
The pier was closed in 2008 and has stood empty since.
Many people are concerned the council will choose to demolish the landmark.
The pier was opened in 1901 and has hosted performances from the likes of Morecambe and Wise, Elvis Costello, Motorhead and Harry Secombe.