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Positive talks on the future of Colwyn Bay pier

10th February 2017

Categories: News

Positive talks on the future of Colwyn Bay pier

Council officers and the Victoria Pier Trust have identified a collaborative way of working on the future of the Victoria Pier at a meeting this week.

At the meeting, members of the Trust shared their draft feasibility plan for the future of the pier. This aims to contribute to the regeneration of Colwyn Bay by restoring the pier to provide vibrant food, drink and events spaces. These plans will require a major funding package, but, if delivered, could provide a sustainable future for the pier which wouldn’t draw on Conwy County Borough Council finances.

Council officers agreed to submit a Listed Building Consent application to dismantle the pier and then store the dismantled listed components for the Trust to restore in the future. Both organisations believe that the best way of securing a future for the pier, is to carefully dismantle it before any more damage is done to this Grade II Listed Building by storms and tides.

The conclusions of the meeting were reported to the Council’s Pier Project Board and to the Victoria Pier Trust Board.

The Council’s Pier Project Board was supportive of the approach and requested that a report on the proposals to dismantle the pier be presented to Council before the end of March.

Cllr Dilwyn Roberts, Chairman of the Council’s Project Board said: “I’m pleased to see us in a position to be able to work in this mutually supportive way and thank the Trust members for their positive, proactive approach.”

Mark Roberts, Chairman of the Colwyn Victoria Pier Trust said: “The Trust supports this exciting long-term vision of a renewed, vibrant and sustainable pier and looks forward to working with Conwy County Borough Council, the Town Council and its supporters to achieve this.” 

In the meantime, following the collapse last week, work to reinstate the perimeter safety fence is scheduled to start next week, members of the public are asked to keep a safe distance from the structure.

Council officers are considering the reports prepared by specialist advisers to decide how best to make the remaining structure safe.

Iwan Davies, Chief Executive Conwy County Borough Council said: “We need to balance public safety with our responsibilities in respect of the listed structure and we expect to be in a position to decide on how to proceed very soon.”

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