Trop demolition halted
PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 September 2012 | UPDATED: 09:15 25 September 2012
WESTON'S Tropicana will remain on the seafront until the High Court has heard an appeal by a group campaigning to save the site.
Legal proceedings were launched by Trop (WSM) Ltd after the Secretary of State for communities and local government rule the former attraction must be torn down.
The ruling came in support of North Somerset Council’s decision to demolish it after an eleventh-hour bid to regenerate the landmark was judged unrealistic by the minister.
The High Court has now granted an injunction preventing the authority from bulldozing the landmark until the appeal is heard on November 29.
The Trop (WSM) group, which is headed by businessman Derek Mead, has continued its battle against the decision to pull down the Tropicana, which has been empty since 2000, after Secretary of State Eric Pickles gave a green light to the council’s application.
The group wants to turn the Tropicana into an all-weather facility but Mr Pickles said he believed there is ‘no alternative but to demolish the site’ and said group’s plan was not viable.
Judge Mark Ockleton ordered a suspension of the Secretary of State’s decision after the group submitted an appeal on the grounds that the decision was flawed.
The group claims when deciding on the application for demolition Mr Pickles unreasonably concluded that The Tropicana had not been subject to deliberate neglect or disrepair.
Mr Mead said: “We are hopeful that this reprieve will give us the opportunity to further demonstrate to the council’s executive members that our plans remain viable and that the site is worth saving; allowing us to deliver this exciting beachside facility to the residents and visitors of Weston and North Somerset.”