Trop demolition decision pushed back
PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:18 30 January 2013
A DECISION on whether to demolish Weston’s Tropicana will be pushed back a further two weeks.
Secretary of State Eric Pickles has been reviewing his decision on whether to allow the demolition of the former pool, but will not make the fresh verdict until another two weeks of consultation.
The Secretary for Communities and Local Government previously announced he would reconsider his decision to give North Somerset Council permission to pull down the former pool, which has lain derelict for the more than 12 years.
This initial consultation period, which involved Mr Pickles talking to all parties who offered comments on the application, lapsed last week, but due to discussions with English Heritage the session will continue until February 7.
This also comes after campaigning group Trop (WSM) Ltd, headed by Puxton Park owner Derek Mead, appealed against Mr Pickles’ decision – stating he had not considered the authority’s failure to maintain the crumbling seafront building.
If the Secretary of State decides to back Trop (WSM) Ltd’s view then the council will be unable to bulldoze the seafront site - but if Mr Pickles holds firm to his original decision, the Tropicana could be cleared from Weston’s seafront by the summer.
Mr Mead and his consortium have spent the past year campaigning to revitalise the building and have already submitted outline planning permission to the authority, which could see them create an all-year attraction.
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