Kept like mushrooms again

FOLLOWING the Mercury's banner headline on October 20 'Vote forced on Trop's future', I note with interest the final paragraph which stated that councillors and officers on the Tropicana projects board approved developer Henry Boot's plans for the site.

FOLLOWING the Mercury's banner headline on October 20 'Vote forced on Trop's future', I note with interest the final paragraph which stated that councillors and officers on the Tropicana projects board approved developer Henry Boot's plans for the site. Cllr Hockridge then went on record along with Cllr Crockford-Hawley to say that they were more than satisfied with the proposals. What proposals?To my knowledge the electorate of Weston has still not been told what has been agreed. Why not? We are being kept like mushrooms again. In view of the public interest in this project why not tell us what you have agreed to? Councillors could have come along to the recent public meeting at the Winter Gardens, and told 227 people what we are having foisted on us, but they all chose not to. Remember, members of the public, no planning permission has yet been sought for this project so you can all have your say if you choose to at the town council's planning meeting, and, of course, at the west area meeting when it comes before it. Don't just moan at home, go along and have your say. Don't let North Somerset rush the plans through like it tried to with the sea wall.In view of North Somerset Council's decision to ask the town council to foot the bill for any parish poll called, (none has been asked for) to determine the use of the Tropicana site, perhaps it should reconsider in view of the new Government white paper called 'Stronger and Prosperous Communities'. It suggests that town and parish councils that are quality councils should be given more say and power in what is happening in their areas. Should North Somerset Council consider handing over the Tropicana site to the town council if it is being asked to pay for the poll? Remember, our quality town council is an authority that listens to local people and, in most cases, gets things done. DAVID J EVANSTavistock Road, Worle


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