Campaigners to appeal Trop decision

PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 August 2012

North Somerset Council has been given the green light to bulldoze the Tropicana.

North Somerset Council has been given the green light to bulldoze the Tropicana.

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A GROUP fighting to save Weston’s Tropicana from demolition aims to appeal the Government’s decision to bulldoze the building.

Trop (WSM) Ltd, headed by businessman and Puxton Park owner Derek Mead, put forward the latest bid to redevelop the site last year but was dismissed by North Somerset Council, which stated the plan was not viable.

Despite this proposal, along with others, Secretary of State Eric Pickles decided to approve the council’s application to demolish the seafront site.

The group has now stated it plans to serve an injunction on the authority today (Wed) and then appeal the decision made by Mr Pickles.

On hearing the news of the fate of the Tropicana, Mr Mead said: “I think it is an absolute disgrace that they just want to knock it down.

“But we are not giving up.”

This is not the first time the campaigners have served the authority with legal action, as the group also submitted a judicial review in an attempt to halt its application to pull down the former pool.

But this was rejected by Judge Stephen Morris QC, who stated the review was ‘unarguable’, and the paperwork went ahead to the Secretary of State for communities and local government.

In the letter sent by the secretary to the council, Mr Pickles confirmed the scheme proposed by Trop (WSM) Ltd is neither viable nor deliverable.

He also stated the building has not been subject to deliberate neglect or disrepair and the demolition of the Tropicana would have a positive impact on the conservation area and the tourist sector.

Executive member Tony Lake said: “Over the past 12 years there have been three schemes to develop this seafront site, all of which involved knocking down the current structure.

“For one reason or another, these schemes did not go ahead.

“We welcome the fact that the Secretary of State has recognised the efforts made by the council in attempting to redevelop the Tropicana site and the process for site demolition will now begin.”

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