Saturday, 13 February 2016

Colwyn Bay Pier.... Council claim 3,000 a month security for pier!!!!!! And of course we believe them.

And the Skip has cost well over a million and more to come with the faulty roof, so why not demolish both at the same time?

Colwyn Bay pier court case 'cost council £250,000' claims David Jones MP

Clwyd West MP David Jones has criticised the amount spent by the authority which now plans to demolish the landmark at a cost of £1m

Hadyn IballColwyn Bay Pier surrounded by construction work and warning signs
Colwyn Bay Pier
A “careless” local authority preparing to again raise council tax by about 5% has been slammed for spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on legal fees over a historic pier.
Clwyd West MP David Jones, who claims Conwy council has spent £250,000 in fees overColwyn Bay pier, says the money could have been better spent on services like libraries or on keeping bin collections fortnightly instead of monthly.
He questioned why the council bought Victoria Pier in the first place, when it now wants to demolish it at an estimated cost of £1m.
Conwy bought the Grade II listed pier from the Crown Estate with a £36,000 Welsh Government grant in 2012.
It applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to renovate the pier and secured £594,900, but decided against using it and gave it back in February 2014.
Mr Jones said: “They performed a U-turn. Now they have a £1m bill for demolition, plus £250,000 that could have been spent on bin collections or libraries.
“Why did they spend £36,000 on a negative asset which it will cost £1m to demolish? Why are they so careless with the way they deal with public money? Nobody has ever said sorry or offered to resign.”
On Monday, February 15, Conwy’s principal overview and scrutiny committee will consider a recommendation for a Band D council tax increase of 5%.
Mr Jones said: “I have constituents who spend more on their council tax than in income tax. They’re dreading the new bills.”
A spokesman for Mr Hunt said the council’s legal costs are in fact well over £250,000.
He said: “It is not possible due to the passage of time to have a complete, accurate figure of the expenditure to date.
“However, it is believed that the legal costs are circa £500,000, with other costs such as structural reports amounting to circa £400,000.
“Security costs are running at circa £3,000 per month.”
In October, Mr Hunt failed in his High Court campaign to get the pier back.
Judge Mr Justice Morgan said the pier was unsafe, was in danger of collapsing into the sea at any moment, and had been valued between “minus” £600,000 and “minus” £1m.
He concluded that “it would not be make an order vesting in Mr Hunt the pier or any part of it”.
Mr Hunt has lodged an appeal against this decision and is waiting to hear if the Court of Appeal will consider it.
Mr Hunt’s spokesman said: “Conwy County Borough Council cannot consider delisting the pier or demolishing it as the Welsh Government have refused them permission.”
He said another issue is that no “contentious action in the public domain” can take place in the 10 weeks before the Welsh Assembly elections in May.

Council leader Dilwyn Roberts said: “There are lots of ways we would prefer to spend money rather than on legal fees, but Conwy Council’s objective has always been to solve the problem of a derelict pier in a key location within a town that we’re working hard to regenerate, and to do this it is essential that we defend our ownership.”