‘Dirty and deteriorating’
PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 August 2012
AFTER five months of anticipation, protest and panic over the fate of Weston’s doomed Tropicana, the Secretary of State has released a report outlining reasons for supporting the pool’s demolition.
Secretary for communities and local government Eric Pickles gave North Somerset Council the green light to tear down the ‘dilapidated’ site, which has been disused since 2000.
Despite repeated attempts to save the crumbling building, including a bid from campaign group Trop (WSM) Ltd – headed by Puxton Park owner Derek Mead – Mr Pickles said he believed there is ‘no alternative but to demolish the site’.
Mr Pickles said: “Although the building has not been subject to deliberate neglect, its external appearance is dirty and deteriorating.
“Overall the site in its current condition has a largely negative effect on the character of the Conservation Area.”
The proposal from Trop (WSM) Ltd included an all-weather facility but Mr Pickles agreed with the council’s verdict that the plan was not viable.
The report said: “The scheme is heavily reliant on, as yet, unsecured grant funding, including a contribution from North Somerset Council.
“Given this the Secretary of State has considerable doubts as to the deliverability of the scheme especially in the short to medium term.
“Once the proposal is completed it will have a small but positive impact in terms of support for the tourist sector.”
Mr Pickles also decided the demolition of the once-popular former pool would have a positive impact on the area ‘in the absence of a viable scheme’.
He added into the report that the demolition must commence within five years and the site must be returned to beach and a sea wall.
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