Dismaland shows Trop value to ‘potential investors’ - council

PUBLISHED: 10:15 02 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:15 02 September 2015


The Dismaland exhibition is showcasing the Tropicana’s future to ‘potential investors’, according to North Somerset Council’s chief executive.

Mike Jackson said attracting a world-famous name such as Banksy to Weston was fantastic for the area, and hopes the exhibition’s positive impact will continue long after it comes to an end on September 27.

He said: “We think it is going fantastically well so far.

“The atmosphere down here has been positive, from the people in the queues to the whole town.

“It means more people are interested in finding out about the town and that can only be a good thing.”

With the Tropicana welcoming visitors for the first time properly since the pool closed, questions are being asked about what the future holds for the former lido.

Mr Jackson believes Dismaland can have a lasting impact on the Tropicana, as well as North Somerset.

He told the Mercury: “We believe this will give the Tropicana a new profile to investors. It’s being used as a wonderful exhibition space and it will get people thinking more about different uses.”

North Somerset Council has spent £1.2million on refurbishing the Tropicana over the past 12 months, including £545,000 on The Bay café which opened in June.

The Trop Trust was granted outline planning permission to transform the site into a new swimming pool complex in February 2013.

But North Somerset Council has not handed the group a lease to develop the site because it fears Trop Trust’s plan is not financially viable – a concern the latter says is unfounded.

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