Trop decision ‘kick in the teeth’ to residents

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 August 2012

The interior of the modern Tropicana

The interior of the modern Tropicana

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THE council’s decision to knock down the Tropicana has been condemned as a ‘kick in the teeth’ for Weston by the authority’s Labour councillors.

The group’s leader, Richard Tucker said he was not surprised that Eric Pickles had chosen to uphold the decision of fellow Conservatives on the council to knock down the former attraction.

Cllr Tucker said his group had fought hard to retain the landmark former pool, which he said the vast majority of Westonians wanted preserved.

He said: “The decision by the Government to back up their friends in charge of the council in ratifying demolition should not come as a surprise.

“This is the final kick in the teeth to the vast majority of Westonians, who overwhelmingly want to see this site saved and refurbished.

“Labour councillors fought hard in consistently opposing this decision right from the start.”

He added he had called-in the council’s executive decision to knock down the Tropicana for further debate at the community and corporate organisation policy and scrutiny panel and put motions to the full council and south area committee in an attempt to save it.

Fellow group member Catherine Gibbons said: “It’s rather ironic that the Government chooses to announce the demolition of what would be a very popular recreational facility during the Olympics.

“With the political will from our local council, this important landmark and once much-loved pool could easily have been restored.

“We could have allocated the £800,000 they have earmarked for demolition towards a start-up trust fund as a first step.”


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