North West Wales

Permission to dismantle Victoria Pier in Colwyn Bay requested

Victoria Pier Image copyright Conwy Council

Permission has been requested to dismantle and redevelop a Grade II-listed pier in Conwy county.

A section of Victoria Pier in Colwyn Bay collapsed into the sea in February and a fire broke out there in March.

The planning and listed building consent applications have been submitted by the owners, Conwy council.

They include redeveloping a shortened pier and salvaging heritage elements of the structure for potential use in its restoration.

The Colwyn Victoria Pier Trust wants to restore the pier to its original 1900 length, complete with kiosks and a pavilion, but has recognised the remaining pier needs to be dismantled "so the community can move forward".

Image copyright Steven Thomas (Roby Aerial Work)

The 116-year-old pier was already closed to the public for safety reasons before its partial collapse.

The council said the applications would be registered by the planning authority in due course and then be subject to the usual planning process.

Once they have been considered and assessed, the listed building consent application will be submitted to the Welsh Government.

That decision will be made by a Welsh Government minister who will be advised by CADW.

In 2013, Conwy council voted to demolish the pier but this move was refused by the Welsh Government in 2015.

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