Town's future debated on Streetlife

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 January 2016

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Weston-super-Mare's Streetlife community has started 2016 by reflecting on some of the major issues which could influence the town's future during the next 12 months - with Dolphin Square, the Tropicana and Birnbeck Pier all coming under scrutiny.

The conversation on the social media forum started after one user complained that it took too long for any progress to happen around the town.

Putz593 said: “I have lived in Weston since 1976. I love this town but it has always had one big failing – it takes forever to get things done.

“The Tropicana won’t be developed, a pier is falling into the sea and what was a thriving Dolphin Square won’t be developed.

“I am 65 (so) I hope to live long enough to see some of these things.”

William T felt the blame for the alleged lack of progress rested with North Somerset councillors.

He said: “While we have the same old, same old council members voted in nearly every time then nothing will get done other than their pet projects – and most of the time, they are not what the electorate wants.”

Oli J pointed out that plans were in place to develop several of the town’s major attractions during 2016 – and suggested that Weston’s shop owners could do more to improve the area’s image.

He said: “Birnbeck is close to getting the funding it needs to have the evaluation (and therefore the lottery funding secured) for its restoration.

Dolphin Square has already started work (and) it will be completed in a maximum of 18 months.

“And the Tropicana – while not a pool, granted, is at least being used for art and social events for the time being, which is great for the town.

“I’m not sure what the negativity is about. Things are clearly happening.

“What vexes me are the amount of buildings, hotels and shop/restaurant/flat frontages down the seafront and around town, for example, that have just been left by their independent owners to rot and fall apart without so much as a lick of paint.

“Blaming the council for everything is getting a bit boring now.”

Rock Star said: “I don’t think the comments are negative – what Dismaland did for the town and Trop was brilliant, but it was the name Banksy that brought the crowds, not the artwork.

“It is nice to see work starting on Dolphin Square, but you can get eating places and a cinema anywhere.

“Fingers crossed that the future for Weston is a bright one, as the resort has so much natural beauty to offer.”

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