Vote forced on Trop's future
RESIDENTS could soon get another chance to vote on the future of the troubled Tropicana. A referendum of every registered voter in the Weston parish may soon be forced on North Somerset Council
RESIDENTS could soon get another chance to vote on the future of the troubled Tropicana.A referendum of every registered voter in the Weston parish may soon be forced on North Somerset Council, which currently owns the seafront building.The call will be made by activists during a special 'parish meeting' at the Winter Gardens today.Local government rules state a referendum called during the meeting will carry political and legal clout, according to organisers resident Richard Whittington, the North Somerset Community Action Party (NSCAP) and David Evans, a town councillor.The activists have taken legal advice from the National Association of Local Councils' head of legal services in London.The referendum's terms will be decided at the meeting, but organisers have suggested four options:* Build a pool alone with or without a roof.* Let Henry Boot continue with its plans. * Hand the Tropicana over to a public trust for redevelopment.* Demolish the building and return the site to beach.Cllr Evans said: "We want to ask the people of Weston what they want. What they determine will then back North Somerset Council into a corner. If it is remiss enough to ignore the referendum, it will be in trouble politically and legally. It will be just like a poll, where everyone will tick a box by their preferred option. I think this poll will unleash the views of Weston and then we have a very sound footing to take things forward and make sure that once again we have a pool for Weston."I'm quite prepared to work with the NSCAP to make sure the people get what they want."He said a referendum could also be called to settle the debate over plans for a seafront splash wall if the Tropicana referendum is successful.The poll is being organised as North Somerset moves to the next stage of its plans for the pool.Councillors and officers on the Tropicana Project Board approved developer Henry Boot's plans for the site following a wrangle over car park facilities which was settled at a meeting on October 13.Boot's plans will have to be considered by the full council before a contract is signed and a planning application entered.The activists are planning to speak out against any planning application as it progresses through the town and North Somerset Council meetings.Today's public parish meeting will start at 7.15pm.