Final chance to halt Tropicana bulldozers?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 December 2011 | UPDATED: 09:24 29 December 2011

The Tropicana is facing demolition.

The Tropicana is facing demolition.

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IN A BID to reverse the decision of demolition for the Tropicana, councillors have called in the verdict to a full council meeting - to show which way each councillor will vote and possibly save the site from being bulldozed.

The decision to demolish the seafront site, which has lain in disrepair for the past 11 years, was made at North Somerset Council’s executive meeting two weeks ago.

Even though a group of businessmen, including Grand Pier owner Kerry Michael and Puxton Park owner Derek Mead, came forward with a proposal to form a charitable trust with the council, executive members refused it.

But they said there would be time for groups to secure viable plans before the £700,000 demolition was put in motion in the New Year.

Councillors Richard Tucker and Catherine Gibbons have now called in the decision to the community and corporate organisation policy and scrutiny panel.

Cllr Tucker said: “Cllr Gibbons and I felt it was important that we tried everything in our power to ensure the issue is not just allowed to die without a fight. We know this means a lot to the people who elected us.”

The decision over the future of the Trop will be brought to the scrutiny panel on January 6, where councillors will then make a recommendation to the executive. The panel could recommend the executive carry out its decision, to reconsider it, or to refer it to full council.

Cllr Tucker said: “Any decision on the future of the site should be voted on at full council on a named vote, in order that people know publicly which way their ward councillor votes.”

One of the executive members, Cllr Tony Lake, said: “I always welcome the opportunity to explain the reason for the decision. Members have the right to call decisions to scrutiny; I have no problem with that.

“It does delay the process by a few weeks but we always said that while the process of obtaining planning permission for demolition was going on, if someone comes up with a good working idea we would consider it.”

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