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Protesters gather ahead of Colwyn Bay pier meeting

Feelings run high about the historic pier. Credit: Ian Lang/ITV News

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.

Decision due on the future of Colwyn Bay Pier

Clwyd West Conservative MP David Jones said the people of Colwyn Bay had a stake in the future of the pier Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

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.

Grant for historic pier

The pier closed in 2008. Credit: Heritage Lottery Fund

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.

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MP: 'Let local people have their say over pier development'

Victoria Pier
The council had proposed plans to extensively redevelop the Victoria Pier Credit: ITV News Wales

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 Council: 'We'll pursue all opportunities to save pier'

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.

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.

– Conwy County Borough Council spokesperson

Colwyn Bay pier: Questions raised over future

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The Heritage Lottery says was a long queue for cash and they couldn't stretch to £4.5m for Colwyn Bay pier.

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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.

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The news leaked by Mr Hunt. Heritage Lottery were planning to release press statement tomorrow. They're puzzled how Mr Hunt found out.

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