North West Wales

Colwyn Bay pier: Conwy council takes over ownership

Colwyn Bay pier
Image caption Colwyn Bay pier has been closed since 2008

A rundown Grade II-listed seaside pier in north Wales has been taken over by the local authority.

Conwy council said it was the new owner of Colwyn Bay's 112-year-old Victoria pier, after the Welsh government acquired it from the Crown Estate.

Funding will now be sought to redevelop the landmark which once hosted performers such as Morecambe and Wise, Harry Secombe and Elvis Costello.

The pier has been shut since its former owner was made bankrupt in July 2008.

A consultation on multi-million pound plans for the pier's redevelopment was launched in November 2011.

The proposals for pier, which opened in June 1900, included a restaurant, revamped pavilion theatre and shops.

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