Politics should not be part of sorting out Trop's future...

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 January 2012

Puxton Park owner Derek Mead

Puxton Park owner Derek Mead

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A BUSINESSMAN from consortium Trop Ltd has put forward a plan to save the iconic pool from being bulldozed this summer.

After North Somerset Council executive members voted for demolition in November, Trop Ltd - which includes Puxton Park owner Derek Mead - voiced its intention to rebuild the attraction.

The group met council officer Karuna Tharmananthar, assistant director of development and environment, to discuss a viable plan to reverse the demolition decision.

Mr Mead says he still hopes to take control of the finances of the former pool and said it can be saved if executive members of the council will co-operate.

He said: “The council officers are following orders to knock it down. And the previous exercise to find viable plans from developers was just to tick a box, they did not give us enough time.

“I do not see a problem with it financially. The problem is the people and the will to get it going again.

“Why do they have the right to knock it down?”

Council executive member Tony Lake has accused the group of lacking the money and plans to save the site.

Mr Mead said: “We have a plan for the site to be handed to Trop Ltd to take control of the pool but Mead Realisations will take control of its finances.

“I do not see a problem with it financially. I believe that it could be saved and it’s not to do with finances but the willingness of (council leader) Nigel Ashton and (deputy leader) Elfan Ap Rees to co-operate with a business plan to save it.

“I would like to make it clear that all councillors should have a say, whether they are Liberal Democrats, Conservatives or Labour, because politics should not play a part in saving the Trop.

“And I would like to assure councillors that I want to help see the site put back as it should be, it’s just finding people with the will to make it happen.”

Mr Mead said Trop Ltd will meet again this week and will be putting in a workable business plan to the council.

He said: “We want to get as many people as possible behind us because it’s their pool.”

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