More legal action looms

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 July 2012

Views of the Tropicana building.

Views of the Tropicana building.


WOULD-BE developers will ‘most certainly’ launch a second bout of legal action in an attempt to save Weston’s Tropicana.

Trop (WSM) Ltd, headed by Puxton Park owner Derek Mead, has already begun judicial review proceedings against the authority’s original decision to bulldoze the former seafront pool building.

But at a meeting of North Somerset’s full council on Tuesday evening Mr Mead said he will be asking for a second judicial review, this time against the council’s second application.

The group launched its first legal challenge after claiming the council failed to consult properly before voting earlier this year to pull down the disused building.

The matter is still with the High Court.

Trop (WSM) Ltd. has drawn up proposals to redevelop and eventually roof over the landmark, turning into an all-year-round attraction.

The council attempted to sidestep that legal action by submitting a second planning application to demolish the pool, and insisting the consortium would have to serve another costly judicial review to halt the bulldozers. It says it is contesting the review and admits no fault with the original application.

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