Clean-up ordered for derelict Tropicana

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 June 2011

The Tropicana, April 2011. The colourful backdrop remains - but you need to be tall to see it over the discarded masonry.

The Tropicana, April 2011. The colourful backdrop remains - but you need to be tall to see it over the discarded masonry.

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A CLEAN-UP of the derelict Tropicana has been ordered by community leaders as an attempt to attract potential developers for the site is resurrected.

The job has been made top priority for the seafront attraction by members of a newly-appointed cross-party working group of councillors, who met for the first time last week.

The members have also set about beginning to explore long-term uses for the site and called on interested businesses and individuals to log interests.

Chairman Elfan Ap Rees told the Mercury it was vital the former attraction was cleared up as soon as possible so long-term solutions could be explored.

The site has been used by seafront contractors Birse to store materials and was shown to be in disrepair when the Mercury published photographs earlier this year.

He said: “The first job is to get a contractor in to clear the site so we can assess exactly what we are dealing with.

“We need to move forward and look at realistic and affordable options for the future of the site, particularly in the short term.

“The meeting was very positive and I am confident the site can be brought back into some kind of leisure use in the near future.”

The councillor, who is deputy leader for North Somerset Council, said six logs of interests had already been received by businesses and individuals.

He said: “We need to sit down and go through the ideas to find out which of them are practical.

“The level of interest is good but we have to be careful not to fall into the same trap as before.”

Among those people showing interest is Derek Mead, of the Mead Group.

He said a ‘basic’ Tropicana was the solution to the saga, adding the town needed the swimming pool back open as soon as possible.

He is planning to visit the Tinside Lido in Plymouth, a regenerated swimming pool attraction, before further discussions with council officers.

Since its closure in 2000, the Tropicana site has been subject of three failed regeneration attempts, including a £19million scheme by town businessman Richard Nightingale last year.

Mr Nightingale’s idea for a water park at the site fell through following a disagreement with council officers over size and parking.

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