Trop's beach car park could get the boot

ARCHITECTS behind the development of Weston's troubled Tropicana are rethinking their proposals for the crumbling site

ARCHITECTS behind the development of Weston's troubled Tropicana are rethinking their proposals for the crumbling site.Henry Boot is now planning on making sure all proposed car parking will be underground on the seafront site, after fears that the town's treasured Beach Lawns and parts of the beach could be turned into a car park.The move comes after North Somerset executive councillor Elfan Ap Rees met with the company, voicing Westonians' concerns over the car parking plans.But at a North Somerset Council meeting this week, Weston's mayor John Ley Morgan gave an impassioned speech pleading the district council to completely pull out of the £25million Henry Boot scheme, called Lifestation@Tropicana.He said the building will potentially dominate the landscape for years to come with the potential of being the 'biggest of all white elephants'.The mayor said he is yet to meet anyone supporting the Henry Boot scheme, which would consist of an indoor leisure pool, hotel, cinema, skate park, bowling alley, restaurants, bars, shops and a children's play area.He said: "I beg you not to continue with this foolhardy project that will ruin Weston's biggest asset for ever. If you don't, you can have no idea how the proposed building will dominate the landscape with the potential of being the biggest of all white elephants."Weston deserves better of you. Westonians deserve better of you. Please don't let us down."Cllr Ap Rees underlined at the meeting that North Somerset is locked into a legal agreement which means it must plough ahead with Henry Boot - a decision made by the previous administration.He then explained how he has tried to persuade the developers to alter their plans for car parking on the site.Cllr Ap Rees said: "I am pleased to say, following a meeting with Henry Boot, it is rethinking aspects of its design."The new scheme in essence will have car parking underneath the building, removing the need for a car park on the beach. I am optimistic this can be achieved."I have therefore asked Henry Boot to pursue this option and any engineering issues before presenting its plans to the public."Its plans are still expected to be submitted later this year."The firm has said it will hold a series of public consultation meetings on the project during the summer.

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