Tropicana future - where do we go from here?

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 July 2011

Pictures from inside the Tropicana with councillers  and press looking around.; 21-12-04

Pictures from inside the Tropicana with councillers and press looking around.; 21-12-04


IDEAS pitched for the future of Weston's derelict Tropicana offered no immediate solution for the former attraction.

But the series of presentations by five individuals to a working party of North Somerset Council councillors proved a ‘useful exercise’, claims one of its members.

A range of ideas were put forward to the group last Friday, but it is unlikely any of the interested parties could follow through their schemes at this time without any financial support.

Not all the propositions included converting the site into a swimming pool and the majority only concentrated on the short-term use of the site.

Cllr Mike Bell, one of the working party members, said it was important people remained realistic about the site’s future.

He said: “It was a useful exercise, but I think we must avoid the temptation of getting carried away with some of the ideas put forward. Some of the people were just offering support and represented no company.

“I’m afraid none offered a silver bullet on what to do with the site and none of the ideas were particularly new.

“There was a consensus that building a large swimming pool at the site would be difficult in these times.”

He added that three options should now be considered – creating an open-air pool, filling in the pool for public events or knocking the site down and leaving it.

In the wake of the meeting, group chairman Elfan Ap Ress, said: “It is good news that despite the current economic climate that local businesses have ideas to pitch about how the Tropicana site could be used.

“This was the opportunity for these firms to tell us informally about their thoughts for the site and there were some thought-provoking ideas.”

The council has cleared some rubbish from the seafront site but is yet to completely clean the area because no future use has been decided. The group will meet tomorrow (Fri) to discuss the ideas put forward and meet representatives of Weston Town Council.

It will then deliver a report to the council’s executive by September on what should be done to the site, which has been subject of three failed rebuilding projects since closing more than a decade ago.

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