Tropicana plans under fire from town's mayor

WESTON'S new mayor has made opposing the controversial Tropicana plans one of his top priorities this year. Councillor John Ley-Morgan has

WESTON'S new mayor has made opposing the controversial Tropicana plans one of his top priorities this year.Councillor John Ley-Morgan has labelled the multi-million pound scheme to transform the derelict site on Weston's seafront a 'white elephant'.At Weston Town Council's annual meeting last week Cllr Ley-Morgan questioned Henry Boot's plans to spend £25million transforming the crumbling site into an indoor leisure pool, hotel, cinema, skate park, bowling alley, restaurants, bars, shops and a children's play area.Cllr Ley-Morgan, who first voiced opposition to the scheme in his inaugural speech as mayor, said: "I do not want to see something there which would be the biggest white elephant Weston has ever seen."After the meeting Cllr Ley-Morgan, who says he has yet to meet anyone in favour of the current Tropicana scheme, said he was speaking as an individual and representing the views of the people he spoke to every day, rather than a political party. He plans to use his year as mayor to 'give Weston a much stronger voice for the matters which concern the town'.He hopes to set up a task force of interested people and hold 'brainstorming' meetings about ideas to improve the area.He said: "The task force could include any member of the public who feels strongly about improving the town, as well as the local press, representatives from Weston Town Centre Partnership and businesspeople like the Brenners and members of the Greek community."Those people who keep their eyes and ears open and spot good initiatives from other resorts both here and abroad can then have the opportunity to bring back ideas and build on them. Weston needs it, it's no good sitting still and vegetating."We need employment and attractive job opportunities to stem the daily exodus of workers which every morning adds to global warming."We need to sing the praises of Weston around the country as a top venue for events and festivals. Nowhere else has the facilities this town has with the nature of the beach right by the beach lawns which can be used for parking. Let's put meaning back into Weston's motto 'Ever Forward'.

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