CONTRACTORS have started preparatory work to build the truncated pier at Colwyn Bay.

The lower part of the promenade has been closed and fencing has been erected so that sand blasting work can take place on the columns, and groundworks can be carried out.

The structural steelwork is expected to be delivered on site in January, and the refurbished and restored cast iron scheduled to arrive on site in February.

The work is being undertaken by a specialist building and conservation company, Grosvenor Construction Ltd of Kinmel Bay, and Calibre Metalwork Ltd, specialists in metalwork conservation, restoration and replication, is currently refurbishing the cast iron.

Cllr Brian Cossey is chairman of the Pier Project Board, he said: “Building the truncated pier was part of the Welsh Government’s planning condition, there was no alternative,.

"But thanks to the Conwy council’s conservation officer we’ve preserved as much of the material of the original pier as possible.”

Council Leader, Cllr Sam Rowlands, said: “I’m pleased to see progress and, thanks to the good work of the councillors and officers involved, the new pier will be built without the need for additional money and therefore no additional burden to local tax payers. We’re confident the replacement will be of a high standard; will complement the area; and will provide a long lasting facility for local residents.”

The work to construct the new truncated pier is expected to be completed in summer 2020.