Reaction to new Trop images

NEW images for a £30million revamp of Weston s Tropicana were unveiled exclusively in last week s Weston & Somerset Mercury. This week the Mercury sent a reporter into the town s High Street to see what residents thought about the new building. Developer

NEW images for a £30million revamp of Weston's Tropicana were unveiled exclusively in last week's Weston & Somerset Mercury.

This week the Mercury sent a reporter into the town's High Street to see what residents thought about the new building.

Developer Henry Boot bowed to residents' demands for the six-storey development to be lowered after it held a series of public consultations last year.

Jamie Trowbridge, aged 25, of Wolvershill Road, Banwell. Jamie. A computer engineer, who moved from London to the South West four years ago, said: "I prefer the latest set of designs as before it looked a bit too futuristic."


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Chris Beal, aged 50, of Uphill. The aerospace engineer, who moved to the area in his 20s and used to visit the Tropicana, said: "I think they just need to get on and do something there. I quite like the look of it and it will be the right move for this town."

Nick Banks, aged 21, of Knightcott Road, Banwell. The retail manager and former Churchill Community School pupil, said: "I have fond memories of the old Tropicana. I think it's got to be 'thumbs up' for these pictures and it is high time they just got on with it to make the town look better."

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Daniel Wood, aged 16, of Milton Brow, Weston. The IT student at Weston College, said: "It is definitely an improvement because it looks more 'now' than the other pictures. It looks new and I'll definitely use it because it will have a cinema and a bowling alley."

Paul and Jenny Huggins, of Stoke Gifford, Bristol were in town visiting Paul's parents who live in Ellenborough Crescent. Paul, aged 62, visited the site when it was an open-air swimming pool. They said: "The design is a lot nicer than the previous one, which looked a bit angular. The council should spend more money on it rather than the Silica at the end of the High Street."

*READERS have been visiting out website forums and debating whether they think the plans are right for the town. Have you say by logging on to www.thewestonmercury.co.uk

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