Council press on with Trop demolition

PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 January 2012

The Tropicana is set for demolition.

The Tropicana is set for demolition.

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NORTH Somerset Council has confirmed it will press ahead with plans to demolish Weston's Tropicana after meeting with the Trop (WSM) Ltd group.

The consortium, headed by Puxton Park owner Derek Mead, came forward with a plan to save the former pool after executive members decided to bulldoze the site in November.

A planning application has now been submitted and work is being carried out on the site in the hope the Tropicana will be returned to sand by spring.

Trop (WsM) Ltd has said its redevelopment plans are built on a business model which depends on the council handing over an area of land for car parking and also approving a planning application by the Mead Group for a development at Locking Parklands.

Council executive member Tony Lake said: “They are asking for much more than that, both in terms of additional land and also a promise of a separate planning approval.

“North Somerset Council will not be held to ransom on this matter and to even suggest an approach of this nature just reinforces everything the council has been saying for months now – that the site’s redevelopment is not viable. It therefore remains our intention to demolish the derelict structure thereby clearing the way for new leisure development proposals to come forward when the economy recovers.”

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