Second bidder’s Trop plans to be unveiled

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 December 2010

Views of the Tropicana building with fencing and Birse contractors vehicles in forground. Weston Sea Front.; 17-11-09

Views of the Tropicana building with fencing and Birse contractors vehicles in forground. Weston Sea Front.; 17-11-09


THE lid will at last be opened on ‘feasible and deliverable’ plans for Weston’s Tropicana by one developer next week.

Havard Tisdale is to finally release drawings and details of its proposal for the dilapidated attraction on Tuesday.

The Wiltshire-based firm says it will use the one-day exhibition at The Winter Gardens to gauge what the public want at the site.

Opinions received will help shape a formal bid to North Somerset Council for the regeneration project on January 7.

The other bidder is Weston businessman Richard Nightingale, who has chosen one design following a series of public consultations in September and October.

Mr Tisdale said: “We very much look forward to unveiling our evolving plans for this important site and hope that local people will be able to attend the event and provide us with valuable feedback.”

“We firmly believe in consulting with the local community in Weston, and will use the feedback received from the local community to help shape our plans for the Tropicana site before we submit our bid.”

Last month, directors Mr Tisdale and John Havard told the Mercury that any plan proposed would have to be ‘viable and sustainable’.

They said that following past unsuccessful attempts at redeveloping the site, their core focus was to ensure a deliverable development, which would include a viable swimming pool.

They did not rule out the possibility of including residential apartments or a hotel in the scheme.

The display comes a week after North Somerset Council said it was guided by EU procurement process laws, and not public opinion, when choosing a developer for the sought-after scheme.

The exhibition will take place in the Prince Consort Hall at the Winter Gardens, in Royal Parade from 11am-7.30pm.

Anyone unable to make the event can view the proposals and comment at a specially-set up website at

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