I'll starve for justice

Reporter:

Iwan Berry

THE FORMER owner of a prominent tourist landmark has entered the third day of his hunger strike.

Steve Hunt, who purchased Colwyn Bay's Victoria Pier in 2005, began his hunger protest on Monday, just two days before Conwy County Borough Council hold a crunch meeting at which it might decide to buy the historic attraction.

Mr Hunt went on hunger strike to draw attention to what he claimed was his unfair treatment at the hands of the Borough Council.

Mr Hunt has described his strike as “the quest for justice”, as years of wrangling, including court action, between both parties have failed to reach a satisfactory conclusion for the owner.

He said: “Drastic events need drastic measures. I can’t seem to get a fair trial in court so I have to get a fair trial in the media. If that’s what it takes then that's what it takes. If I have to be put in a hospital bed then so be it.”

Mr Hunt’s hunger protest comes amid other developments with the pier, including the possibility that the pier could be purchased by Conwy County Borough Council from insolvency practitioners RPG.

If the council does not purchase the pier, ownership will revert to Mr Hunt at the end of July.

Penny Davies, chair of the Pier Pressure group, said Mr Hunt’s protest would not impact the group.

She said: “I’m sorry that he’s in this dilemma, but you have to follow the proper channels. That’s what justice is for.”

She added that the Pier Pressure group would be holding their own meeting to discuss any decision made by the council regarding the pier’s future.

She said “We're hoping this is our last set of hurdles - it's like the Grand National, and this Becher's Brook coming up!”

Conwy County Borough Council had no comment on Mr Hunt’s protest.

The pier has fallen intro disrepair over the past three years because of a wrangle about its future. It is currently fenced off from the rest of Colwyn Bay beach because of health and and safety issues.

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