Posted on 22nd October, 2015

Clwyd West MP, David Jones, has called on Conwy County Borough Council to engage positively with the Colwyn Victoria Pier Trust in seeking lottery funding for restoration of the pier.

A decision by a Welsh Minister today refused an application by the Council for demolition of the pier on the grounds that the application was premature. The decision letter went on to say that: ‘there remained the unexplored possibility of retaining more of the pier structure than currently proposed.’

David Jones said:

“This is a setback for the Council, but they should seize the opportunity to engage positively with the Colwyn Victoria Pier Trust and other interested local groups with a view to supporting an application for Heritage Lottery funding.

“Previously, the council has been lukewarm in its support. Given that it has been indicated that a larger section of the pier should be considered for retention, it is an excellent opportunity for further discussions with a view to finding a new use for some or all of the historic pier, backed by lottery funding.

“I have no doubt that there is still a strong degree of support in the town for the pier to be retained and I urge the council seriously to rethink its proposals.”

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