Commonsense

I MUST write to you in response to the apparent culmination of what seems to be the ongoing farce of the Tropicana. I was delighted that commonsense has at last been brought to the decision making. At 34 years old I feel I can just about get away with c

I MUST write to you in response to the apparent culmination of what seems to be the ongoing farce of the Tropicana. I was delighted that commonsense has at last been brought to the decision making. At 34 years old I feel I can just about get away with classing myself as a 'young' resident of the town and cannot for the life of me understand the constant moaning about the now-approved planned redevelopment. Would all these people prefer to see the structure continue to decay until it eventually crumbles onto the beach? I agree the planned regenerative work is a little out of the norm when compared to that already located on the seafront, but how different was the original Tropicana when it was built to the existing architecture in that area?The town is in the doldrums, dragged down by the influx of 'rehab' facilities and the decline in attractions for visitors and indeed locals with the loss of the Grand Pier. This facility will encourage visitors to the town. More visitors mean more money coming into the local economy. Employment opportunities must be another bonus in a town that has turned into nothing but a commuter town for Bristol, Bath and Taunton.I urge these short-sighted and narrow-minded signatories of the obstructive petition to give a little more thought to the long term gain to the town, surrounding businesses and tourist industry from building the new Tropicana complex. There is no reason why Weston couldn't be one of the top seaside resorts in the South West, if not the country. However, I wonder how long it will be before there are the same tirade of complaints and needless obstruction to the rebirth of the Grand Pier. Having suffered from massive under-investment perhaps it is time to look to the future and to how it can be built into a place we can all be proud of and somewhere we want our children to grow up in and perhaps raise their own children. A COOPER - Belgrave Road, Milton


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