Tropicana set for demolition
PUBLISHED: 15:57 28 November 2011 | UPDATED: 12:25 29 November 2011
WESTON'S Tropicana looks set to be pulled down, after the group charged with making a decision on its future recommended the once-proud landmark be demolished.
The North Somerset Council working party met today to discuss the results of the survey it sent out at the end of October in a last ditch attempt to find a developer for the site.
Chairman of the working party Elfan Ap Rees said: “There was a consensus from everyone that none of the proposals were viable. The last thing we wanted to do was to get rid of it but sometimes you have to make tough decisions.”
The working party voted by six votes to three in favour of recommending demolition.
The Tropicana has lain dormant for more than a decade, while three separate regeneration attempts have floundered.
Councillor Mike Bell, who is a member of the working party, said: “This is a very sad day for Weston. The decision to demolish the Tropicana lets down present and future generations of Weston people and consigns a historic part of our town’s sea front to the scrap heap.
“I spoke and voted against this decision because we cannot honestly say that we have done everything we can to save the site.”
The final decision will be made by the North Somerset Council executive on December 13.