Trop plan ahead

PUBLISHED: 19:00 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

A PUBLICLY-FUNDED plan to turn the Tropicana into an all-year-round pool is to be unveiled by a group of town politicians tonight (Thurs).

A PUBLICLY-FUNDED plan to turn the Tropicana into an all-year-round pool is to be unveiled by a group of town politicians tonight (Thurs).

Six Liberal Democrats are behind the £10million proposal to build a swimming facility on the dilapidated site at an annual cost of £230,000 to the taxpayer.

The attraction closed in 1999 and has since been subject of two major schemes by Mace and Henry Boot, but both floundered under economic pressures.

The group's plan will be put to members of North Somerset Council at tonight's full council meeting at the Town Hall.

South Worle ward Councillor Edward Keating is to deliver a motion, which says: "This council proposed the building of a modern, publicly funded covered water leisure facility on the Tropicana site.

"It should be built and operated by a combination of this council and Weston Town council finance, with appropriate small-scale on-site development in partnership with the local business community."

Last week the Mercury revealed leading town businessman Richard Nightingale's plan for the site.

Mr Nightingale is in talks with North Somerset Council over building the £19million water park.

Later this month councillors are set to meet behind closed doors to discuss attracting private investment for the Tropicana site.

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