New options sought for Tropicana
PUBLISHED: 11:00 26 June 2011
QUOTES are being sought for ‘pretty much every other conceivable option’ for the Tropicana under the order of a newly-formed working party.
North Somerset Council officers have begun the task of finding out the costs of clearing the site and redeveloping the former attraction, with or without a roof.
The move comes after members of a cross-party working group decided last Friday to explore all options for the future of the seafront site, which has lain dormant for more than a decade.
The group of councillors has also agreed to invite each one of seven individuals and businesses who have ideas for the former attraction for further discussions.
Among those who have expressed an interest are Derek Mead, of the Mead Group, and Legend Skatepark, which has revealed a proposal this week.
Group member, North Somerset councillor Mike Bell, said: “We are obtaining more information about the costs of various options including clearing the site, reopening the pool as was, opening a pool with a roof and pretty much every other conceivable option.
“Additionally, the council has been approached by individuals and businesses who are potentially interested in some kind of development on the site.
“We have little or no details about these, but will be inviting them in to set out their ideas to the working party next month.”
Since its closure in 2000, the Tropicana site has been the subject of three failed regeneration attempts, including a £19million scheme by town businessman Richard Nightingale. His idea for a water park at the site fell through following a disagreement with council officers over size and parking.