Live entertainment the future for the Tropicana?


Tropicana - Credit: Archant

WRESTLING events, plays and dance performances could lie in store for the future of Weston’s Tropicana.

The seafront eyesore is currently undergoing a £400,000 revamp to transform the front of the building into a bar and café area which will be available for public use by the summer.

But despite the cash injection North Somerset Council has remained tight-lipped about its hopes for the rest of the building, and has ruled out any short-term plans to bring back the pool.

The Mercury has asked the authority about what other activities might be on the cards for the outdoor section of the venue at the former pool site, but the council has so far insisted those decisions are yet to be made.

When asked what the building could be used for the authority said: “We have mentioned the café and the toilets at the front of the building – other potential uses are still being discussed.”

But this week the authority has applied for a licence for the venue to show plays and films and host indoor sporting events, boxing or wrestling events, live music, recorded music and dance performances.

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A spokesman for the authority said: “We have applied for a premises licence to cover the whole building. This will mean that, if granted, the café will be able to sell alcohol when it opens and it will also cover the licensing of any events which may be held there in the future.”

Builders are on-site at the moment but the works are limited to renovating the seafront-facing section, such as fixing the roof and updating the plumbing.

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The building is being gutted before work can start on a new café and bar, two new public seafront toilets and a refurbished foyer area.

Contractors have also been asked to make-over the outside of the first floor to create an attractive finish to the facade.

Earlier this month, the Mercury revealed offices to accommodate the council’s seafront events team will be housed at the site.

A council spokesman said: “The first floor of the Tropicana is having a light refurbishment and will become the base of our seafront and events team.

“It will give them space to house all the team and somewhere on-site from which they can manage the hugely successful events we host on the beach and seafront area, for example the beach race events and the air festival which is returning again in June.”

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