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Fresh hope for pier.


Crown Estate and council trying to sort out the saga TALKS are underway to resolve the future of Colwyn Bay's crumbling pier.

Clwyd West MP David Jones will today meet officials from Conwy Council to discuss a way forward for the historic landmark, which is currently believed to be in the hands of Crown Estate.

The council wants to buy the pier and give it a new lease of life.

Conwy's acting corporate director Iwan Davies said: "A recommendation will be going to Cabinet that the county valuer and asset manager enter into negotiations with the Crown Estate."

Conwy County Council business manager Cllr Ronnie Hughes said: "Now we have to make sure it falls into place."

The pier was owned by businessman Steve Hunt but when he went bankrupt in 2008 trustees Royce Peeling Green took it over.

But they couldn't find a buyer and last month gave up their right to it.

Mr Hunt has been fighting to regain control of the pier and he hopes today's meeting could help the situation.

Mr Hunt said the council could try to get National Lottery funding to restore it, adding: "There is only one possibility of the council getting lottery funding for the pier and that's by talking to me first."

A spokesman for the Crown Estate said: "The Crown Estate is aware that the freehold interest in the property may have recently become subject to escheat (property reverting to the State), and is awaiting documentation from the council.

"If the property is subject to escheat, it does not mean that The Crown Estate has assumed ownership as it is not a guarantor for businesses or individuals that have failed financially, but it will look at all the circumstances and work with any interested parties to ensure that the property is treated in the most appropriate way."


MP David Jones will meet Conwy Council over Colwyn Bay Pier
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 1, 2011
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