Deteriorating family silver
THE recent idea of putting concrete in the Tropicana would make it no better than the beach as a music venue.
THE recent idea of putting concrete in the Tropicana would make it no better than the beach as a music venue. In fact the beach is better as it can accommodate any size crowd, as with T4 last week.
No, if you want to solve the problem of one of our badly deteriorating pieces of family silver, the council should put a sliding roof on the existing structure (see attached) and reinstate the pool, with cafes and shops.
How does the council fund it? Well, currently it has millions of pounds swilling around in its section 106 fund (tax money from developers, to be used for public amenities) and if that is not enough it can release some more land for building, and get more tax from that.
How is it sustainable? It would be so popular that, along with the entrance fee, the shops and cafes within the structure would struggle to meet demand all year round.
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This bold move would stop future councils from literally giving away the site again to another hot air developer and the ongoing vandalism problem in the town, borne out of youngsters' sheer boredom, would be minimised.
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