'No credible track record' to save the Trop - says council

PUBLISHED: 17:37 16 January 2012 | UPDATED: 17:40 16 January 2012

The Tropicana is set for demolition.

The Tropicana is set for demolition.


No plans, proposals or credible track record is the damning verdict North Somerset Council has delivered on a consortium trying to find a fix for Weston's Tropicana.

The group, Trop Ltd, met with council officers on Friday to discuss its plans to save the seafront site from demolition, which was agreed at the council’s executive meeting in November.

After three failed redevelopment schemes, North Somerset Council has submitted a planning application, which is needed to demolish the former pool, and aims to return the site to sand by the summer.

In a last ditch attempt to stop this from happening Trop Ltd, which includes Puxton Park owner Derek Mead, businessman Giulio Ellis and Grand Pier owner Kerry Michael, came forward with plans to bring the site back to its former glory.

Executive member Tony Lake said there was confusion over who was included in the group - and suggested Mr Michael was no longer involved.

He said: “We really need to clarify just who belongs to this group as it doesn’t appear to be a registered company.

“Even more concerning is the fact that it has no money and appears to have no plans or proposals other than to criticise the council.

“What local residents need is someone prepared to invest now in providing an amenity for local residents not just another talking shop. Despite the involvement of a major local builder, this doesn’t seem to be the group’s aim.

“We are keen to hear any suggestions for the site but clearly these need to be well thought out and complemented by a robust business plan.”

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