Tropicana looks doomed

THE front page headline on last week s edition says it all. Are any of us really surprised that, yet again, the proposed redevelopment of the Tropicana looks doomed to failure?

THE front page headline on last week's edition says it all. Are any of us really surprised that, yet again, the proposed redevelopment of the Tropicana looks doomed to failure?

I for one never had any confidence in the Henry Boot scheme from its first inception and I believe the majority of residents didn't want a development of that size and type on the Promenade site. All we simply wanted was a first class swimming facility with an opening roof which could be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike all year round.

Such a development could incorporate an international length pool, thus allowing the hosting of national and international swimming events, a children's fun pool, fitness centre, caf� bars and aligned facilities. My family and I visit Hutton Moor pool on a regular basis and often find that the pools are either closing early for private events or are vastly reduced in available space as they are 'laned off' for other reasons.

Since Hutton Moor was constructed the population of Weston has almost doubled in size and the demand for swimming facilities has increased considerably. We read everywhere of various initiatives by government and other organisations to get people exercising and keeping fit by swimming and other sports activities. Here in Weston we are sadly lacking suitable swimming facilities to cope with the size of our ever growing population.


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Perhaps the time is right for our leaders to make an approach to proven business entrepreneurs Kerry and Michelle Michael with a view to see if they would be interested in providing a suitable facility as outlined above on the existing Tropicana site. These brother and sister business partners have already shown their commitment to providing Weston with modern and innovative flagship developments. If they were to be interested then I am sure the redevelopment would proceed swiftly and the residents wouldn't have to endure another 10 years plus of waiting and hoping for a modern swimming facility to meet the needs of our ever growing town.

PETER HOLDER

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Severn Road, Weston

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