Council leader would knock down pool himself for £800,000!

PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 January 2012

View of Tropicana building on Weston Sea Front.

View of Tropicana building on Weston Sea Front.

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A COUNCIL leader has rubbished claims that the Tropicana will cost £800,000 to bulldoze.

North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton also says the authority will listen to plans from would-be developers after the building is knocked down.

Cllr Ashton said: “I don’t know where the £800,000 figure came from. We had some tentative quotes some time ago and it was about £250,000.

“When it is put out to tender, little things tend to get added on and it goes up a bit. But it won’t be anything like that.

“For that money, I’ll go and knock it down myself.”

He responded to criticism the council has received over its perceived reluctance to hand that sum over to potential developers.

He said: “I know that some people say ‘why don’t you give that money to a developer to rebuild it’, and in principle I can understand that.

“But if someone wants to come along and make money out of it for themselves, why would we give them money?

“We said we would put in some money if we didn’t have to knock it down, but what worries me is that if it needs a public subsidy, how viable is it anyway?”

He said the Tropicana building will have to be pulled down because the foundations are cracked.

He also said the council will continue to listen to proposals even after it has been knocked down.

Cllr Ashton added: “I am always open to all viable propositions. I am absolutely open to suggestions of what to do about it after the building is knocked down.

“I just don’t want to go through all the EU legislation again unless it’s something that will work.”

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