Thursday, August 7, 2014

Colwyn Bay - Colwyn Bay - Council speed-up demolition of the the Grade-II listed Pier

This is so wrong, the community want the pier saved, The council need to give the pier to the trust and work should be started, It must be saved at all costs.

Colwyn Bay pier hearing adjourned until autumn

Published date: 07 August 2014 | 
Published by: Mike Williams 
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THE final court hearing in the ownership row over Colwyn Bay pier has been adjourned until the autumn - as councillors speed up plans to knock down the structure.

The case was pushed back by at least two months during what was due to be a three-day High Court hearing yesterday (Wednesday), to finally resolve the long legal wrangle between businessman Steve Hunt and Conwy County Council.

The council said the adjournment does not affect work to demolish the Victoria Pier, which they will now speed-up due to the Grade-II listed structure’s deteriorating condition.

A spokesperson: “We are aware that the application for an adjournment has been granted and that the final hearing will now be listed in the autumn.

“However, the work to deliver the Council’s decision to demolish the pier continues and is unaffected by today’s adjournment.

“In fact, there is an increased urgency to this preparation work given the rapidly deteriorating state of the pier.”

Mr Hunt made an application to have the council removed from proceedings in May, on the basis that it had no locus standi - or right to appear before court.

His efforts were thrown out by a judge in Cardiff County Court in June.

A row broke out the same month after The Colwyn Victoria Pier Trust claimed the council, which voted to demolish the pier in December due to a lack of grant funding for the restoration, was ignoring its requests for meetings and dialogue.

But when confronted with the claims, Iwan Davies, Conwy County Council’s Chief Executive, said: “This comes as something of a surprise, as we have had no approach whatsoever from the Colwyn Victoria Pier Trust.”

Welsh Culture and Sport minister John Griffiths later promised to force a summit between the council, the town council and the trust.

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