Legal action may not save Trop
PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 May 2012
LEGAL action by would-be developers may not help save Weston’s Tropicana after North Somerset Council launched a second application to demolish the former pool.
Trop (WSM) Ltd, headed by Puxton Park owner Derek Mead, has already begun judicial review proceedings against the authority’s original decision to bulldoze the former seafront pool building.
The group launched its legal challenge after claiming the council failed to consult properly before voting earlier this year to pull down the disused building.
The matter is still with the High Court.
Trop (WSM) Ltd. has also drawn proposals to redevelop and eventually roof over the landmark, turning into an all-year-round attraction.
But now the council has attempted to sidestep that legal action by submitting a second planning application to demolish the pool, and insisting the consortium would have to serve another costly judicial review to halt the bulldozers.
A council spokesman said: “The new application is a duplicate of the one previously submitted which is currently with the Secretary of State.
“We are contesting the judicial review and admit no fault with the original application.
“The duplicate has been submitted to ensure that, if the Secretary of State grants consent for the application currently before him and the judicial review is not withdrawn, we will have a second consent to implement without the uncertainty of a judicial review hanging over it.”
Mr Mead said: “I think this is ridiculous. It’s wasting taxpayers’ money. There is no reason why the council should not be talking to us to get the Trop revamped. It’s an essential swimming facility on the seafront.”
Mr Mead said he did not know if his group would launch a second judicial review for the council’s latest application, as it was still in the process of organising the first one.
He said: “Why don’t the council try and get a working relationship with us and get it sorted and why are they so hell bent on knocking it down? Why should the town council and Trop (WSM) Ltd go on wasting money when the problem is solvable? Can the council please answer that question?”
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