Councillors welcome Tropicana overturn
PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 September 2013
LABOUR councillors in Weston have welcomed news that the Tropicana will not be destroyed.
Last week North Somerset Council’s proposals to demolish the Tropicana were overturned.
Labour Group leader Richard Tucker, deputy leader Catherine Gibbons and South Ward councillor Bob Bateman celebrated the news outside of the iconic building on Friday.
Tropicana campaigners, councillors and residents met on the sea front and shared in a glass of champagne to welcome the u-turn.
Cllr Tucker said: “After nearly a year of dithering by coalition ministers Eric Pickles and his deputy Don Foster, I am pleased to see they have at last recognised the strength of feeling here in Weston on this issue.
“Labour councillors have consistently been supportive of efforts to save the building and can honestly say we’ve always voted against demolition.
“Now with the building itself safe from the bulldozers, we have to try to get North Somerset Council leaders to move on and positively look at ways the site can be refurbished as a pool, even if this means adding to the local council tax precept.”
Cllr Tucker challenged North Somerset Council to hand over the scheme to the town council.
He said: “If North Somerset still doesn’t have the appetite to take this forward and would rather be rid of the site, then why not hand it over to the town council to work with potential partners, given that there is a pro-Tropicana rebuild majority on the town now?”