Breaking news: Bid to save Trop fails

PUBLISHED: 14:30 06 January 2012 | UPDATED: 15:45 06 January 2012

Weston's Tropicana is set for demolition.

Weston's Tropicana is set for demolition.

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A LAST ditch bid to save Weston's derelict Tropicana has failed, after the decision to demolish the former attraction was upheld.

The decision, made by North Somerset Council’s executive in November, had been called in by two Weston-based councillors to a scrutiny panel meeting in an attempt to get more Weston-based councillors to vote on its survival.

But at the panel’s meeting at the town hall this afternoon (Fri), nine members voted to continue with the demolition, with six voting to refer it to the full council for a decision.

The vote means the landmark’s only chance of avoiding the bulldozers now lies at the hands of a consortium of local businessmen, which has previously invited council bosses to get on board with its bid to save it.

The executive voted on November 28 that the Trop be demolished, but councillors Richard Tucker and Catherine Gibbons called in the decision to the community and corporate organisation policy and scrutiny panel.

They had hoped to pull the decision back in front of the executive in the hope of changing the member’s mind before bring it back before the full council.

This would have allowed more Weston-based councillors to vote on its future, but panel members voted by a majority of three to continue with the demolition.

Speaking during the panel’s meeting, executive member and Tropicana working party chairman Councillor Elfan Ap Rees said: “Saying this has been a quick decision is not true it has been 10 years of trying to find an answer for the Trop.

“Weston seafront has changed and what we have now is a beautiful seafront with an eyesore on it.”

Cllr Tucker said: “The decision to demolish the Tropicana was made by a number of non-Weston members and we feel that this decision that affects Weston’s heritage should be taken to full council. It should be given to Weston to sort out.”

Another councillor, Mark Canniford, said: “If we removed it from Weston seafront completely you can pretty much forget any facility being put there.”

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