An open air cinema, an outdoor stage and a heritage centre are part of the opening two phases to transform Colwyn Bay pier.
The first images of a design concept to to “save, secure, and transform” the grade II listed building were unveiled at public meeting by members of the Colwyn Bay Victoria Pier Trust.
The proposals, prepared by Nigel Gilbert, were successfully presented to Conwy County Borough Council last month. If phases one and two, which will be privately funded, are prosperous they will fund the next two phases of which details are yet to be disclosed.
Vice Chairman of the Victorian Pier Trust, Mr Gilbert said: “The area of the pier that is now occupied by the amusements building will house entirely new facilities to refresh and support visitors to the pier, the beach, and promenade and will be open to residents year round.
“The derelict pavilion will house a new multi-purpose hall and terrace that will be available for hire as well as staging its own programme of events.
“This space will also feature an outdoor event space with a stage for bands of all types, brass to indie, and for open-air cinema performances.
“The long deck will be restored for traditional pier pursuits, sitting in the sunshine with an ice cream and watching the joggers go by between trimtrak stations.”
Cllr Abdul Khan, of Glyn ward, has long spoken in favour of the restoration of the pier and feels the open air cinema could make Colwyn Bay the place to come for residents and tourists.
Cllr Khan said: “The pier is part of the heritage of Colwyn Bay and these new plans could provide something new and different to other sea side towns to make Colwyn Bay unique.
“Our nearest cinema is Llandudno Junction (aside from Theatr Colwyn which does screen films), so it’s very encouraging to see plans for a cinema come this way.”
No time scale has been given for the phases to be implemented. Any building will be subject to limited building and crown consent, planning permission and marine licensing. All proposals would also go to public consultation.