BREAKING NEWS: Trop reportedly saved from demolition

PUBLISHED: 20:14 05 September 2013 | UPDATED: 13:36 06 September 2013

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WESTON'S Tropicana has been saved from demolition, it is understood.

Weston’s MP John Penrose has written a tweet on social nework Twitter tonight (Thurs) saying: “The Trop has been saved. Just got confirmation Minister decided demolition can’t go ahead & told Derek Mead the news. Let’s get building.”

The town’s residents and councillors have been waiting for a decision from Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles on whether North Somerset Council can knock down the former pool.

Once the decision is made official, it could pave the way for businessman and councillor Derek Mead, along with the members of Trop (WSM) Ltd, to carry out his promise of redeveloping the crumbling former pool.

The verdict was meant to have been delivered by Mr Pickles at the end of June, following a final round of consultations.

He was asked to consider granting North Somerset Council’s wish to knock down the seafront site, or give Puxton Park owner Cllr Mead the chance to save it.

Trop (WSM) Ltd has already been granted planning permission by the authority but still needs to get landowner consent from North Somerset to put its redevelopment plan into action.

The Tropicana has lain derelict for years and hundreds of residents and visitors to Weston have signed the Trop (WSM) petition, pleading with the council for it to hand it over to the campaigning group.

Trop (WSM) Ltd released its plans to revamp the site last year, which includes building an Olympic-sized swimming pool, shops and restaurants, creating an all-weather facility.

Pick up a copy of next week’s Mercury for all of the detail on Mr Pickles’ decision as well as comments and interviews from all of the parties.

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