ANOTHER chapter looms in the future of Colwyn Bay Pier with a crucial court case to be heard this week.
A hearing will be held in Cardiff County Court on Friday to examine issues over the ownership of the pier.
Steve Hunt maintains he still has ownership of the pier, while Conwy County Borough council claims it bought the structure from the Crown Estates in March this year.
In July, Conwy announced its intention to re-submit an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the £4.9million needed to rejuvenate the ailing structure - but the uncertainty surrounding its ownership could prove a stumbling block in trying to secure funding.
In April, a hearing was held at Mold County Court by Judge Milwyn Jarman QC to confirm the ownership of the pier, which ajourned to a date later in the year.
Mr Hunt maintains that after three years, the pier should have been returned to him if it had not been sold.
In March, the authority bought the pier from the Crown Estates with a £36,000 grant from the Welsh Government.
The Crown Estates received the pier after it was disclaimed by Royce, Peeling and Green - Mr Hunt's trustees in bankruptcy - in August last year.