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.
Conwy County Borough Council's plans to restore Colwyn Bay's Victoria Pier have been given a boost by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The award of a £594,900 development grant is part of a wider £56 million regeneration of the town.
The Grade II listed pier's pavilion has hosted performances from artists as diverse as Morecambe and Wise, Harry Secombe and Elvis Costello.
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.