'Baldrick's cunning plan' for Trop goes wrong says councillor

PUBLISHED: 13:30 25 September 2013

Views of the Tropicana building.

Views of the Tropicana building.


A NORTH Somerset councillor has backed the decision to reform a working party to find a solution for Weston Tropicana, while comparing council bosses to Bungle, Baldrick and Jim Trott.

Members of the authority agreed at last night’s (Tue) full council meeting to revive the working group to examine the evidence for The Trop (WsM) Ltd’s plans for the former pool.

This follows on from the decision of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, to refuse permission to the council to demolish the site.

Councillor Mike Bell, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: “It’s been a roller-coaster ride over the last 13 years.

“For some time it has felt as though Bungle from Rainbow was in charge, as the council has stumbled from bad decision to worse decision. Then along came Blackadder’s Baldrick with a ‘cunning plan’ to demolish the Trop. Like most of Baldrick’s schemes that one has gone wrong.

“Now Conservative council leader Nigel Ashton seems to be doing his own impression of the Vicar of Dibley’s Jim Trott. He has spent months saying no, no, no, no, no, no to the Mead scheme. Now he might end up saying yes.

“Following Lib Dem pressure, this new working group will work quickly to give the Trop group the chance to come up with a plan and the final say will be made by the whole council and not just the six-strong Conservative Executive.

“This new direction is a real achievement for Derek Mead and his team. Now the hard work must be done to provide a convincing case and persuade sceptical anti-Weston councillors that the Trop can and should be saved.”

Pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Mercury to read more on the next stage of the Tropicana saga.

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