Really is a kick in the teeth

LAST week's Mercury revealed that the entry prices for the new Tropicana could range from £8 for a single admission to £30 for a family ticket and that's before you factor

LAST week's Mercury revealed that the entry prices for the new Tropicana could range from £8 for a single admission to £30 for a family ticket - and that's before you factor in the cost of getting there. For locals, that really is a kick in the teeth. We have to wait eight years for the site to be redeveloped. We have to hand over a large chunk of our beach and Beach Lawns to a private company for nothing. Then we are expected to pay inflated prices for the privilege of using it so that shareholders and fat cats from elsewhere can profit. Worse than that, what kind of message does it send to our young people? When I talk with teenagers and young people around town they all say the same thing: "All we want is something to do, somewhere to go, and a way of getting there". If these charges prove right, it will be cheaper for teenagers in Weston to buy eight or nine pints of cider from a supermarket than go for a swim. What kind of society are we creating?MIKE BELL - Liberal Democrat Prospective MP for Weston


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