Trop decision only a start - MP

PUBLISHED: 15:23 12 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:23 12 September 2013

Cracking open champagne to celebrate their victory.

Cracking open champagne to celebrate their victory.

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WOULD-BE Tropicana developer Derek Mead has been challenged to beat the rebuild-record of Weston's Grand Pier by the town's MP.

John Penrose has called Derek Mead and his group Trop (WSM) Ltd the potential ‘last chance’ for the site and said if he cannot do the job, there may not be anyone who can.

The Weston MP posted a message of delight at the Secretary of State’s decision to reject demolition on the social networking site Twitter, saying: “The Trop has been saved. Just got confirmation from the Minister who decided demolition can’t go ahead and told Derek Mead the news. Let’s get building.”

Mr Penrose said: “This is what the whole town has been asking for. Everyone in Weston is going to be delighted.

“But this isn’t the end of the process, it’s the beginning. We have got to get the rebuilding underway as fast as possible.

“There were strong arguments on both sides. It was a close call and we need to get behind Derek now and need to make sure he has every possible chance of success.

“If Derek, a successful local businessman, cannot make it work then probably no-one can. This may be its last chance.

“Nobody in Weston will want to look back and say that we did not try every way possibly to try to save the Trop.

“If Kerry and Michelle Michael can rebuild the pier in a year then we need to be just as fast with the Trop.

“Let’s see if Derek can beat their record.”

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