War of words: Derek’s side
PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 July 2012
AFTER months of plans, proposed meetings and paying out for legal challenges, Trop (WSM) Ltd was served another blow last week as it saw a second demolition application get the green light from North Somerset Council.
The campaigning group, headed by businessman Derek Mead, has created petitions and drawn proposals to redevelop and eventually put a roof over the landmark, turning into an all-year-round attraction to save it from the bulldozers.
At the south area planning committee, Mr Mead said: “Myself and other prominent business people in the community are so disillusioned by some councillors’ seemingly ineffectual management of public monies and duties to their councillorship.
“We will be petitioning councillors on how they have managed to award 26 contracts totalling £350million to one contractor, allegedly without any competitive tendering processes.”
After the meeting Mr Mead said: “I feel absolutely disgusted by fellow Conservatives. They are not addressing the wishes of the residents.
“The Tropicana should never have been shut in the first place.”
Mr Mead also denies the allegations made by Cllr Elfan Ap Rees that he used threats and foul language during a meeting with council officers and said: “I’m not happy these accusations are being made. It’s about time they stopped all this stupidity and sat down with us to get the Trop sorted out for the people of Weston.”
Mr Mead told the council at the meeting last week that he and his group would be petitioning for financial information relating to a various number of properties including Castlewood, the Town Hall, Somerset House, Weston Court and Badger House.
He said in the meeting: “I need to know the process to apply to scrutinise North Somerset Council’s accounts, as it is our intention to have these accounts investigated and we can have these inspected annually.
“We continue to petition residents and visitors to Weston and North Somerset regarding seafront developments and I have handed over a copy of a petition with 1,343 signatures objecting to the council’s second application.”