Weston councillors only should have vote

WESTON'S mayor John Ley-Morgan has called for only North Somerset councillors who represent Weston wards to be given a vote over the proposals for the Tropicana.

WESTON'S mayor John Ley-Morgan has called for only North Somerset councillors who represent Weston wards to be given a vote over the proposals for the Tropicana.

He also says the names of councillors and how they voted should be made a public record.

Calls for a scale model have also been made by Cllr Ley-Morgan and pressure group Friends of our Tropicana (FOOT) after last week's public exhibitions.

They say the public cannot imagine the massive impact the Henry Boot project will have on the seafront from the images currently on show.


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FOOT has released its own image which it says is a fair representation of the new building in relation to the old one.

Group chairman Fernley Symons says Henry Boot's architect, David Shore, has examined the picture and approved it as accurate, but a spokesman for the developer has disputed this claim.

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PPS Group, a public relations firm representing the developer, also said no decision had yet been taken about whether the developers would issue their own scale model of the new Tropicana, which could cost up to £5,000. PPS says the majority of people are not worried about seeing a model

But Cllr Ley-Morgan, this week told the Weston & Somerset Mercury: "I ask the developers to provide this facility so supporters and potential detractors alike can properly assess the impact on the seafront."

Last week around 1,000 people attended the displays held at Worle Community Centre, The Campus in Locking Castle and the Winter Gardens.

The events, organised by the developers, were held to allow residents to comment on the proposals for 96-bedroom hotel, cinema, bowling and pool complex.

According to current designs, the structure will be 171m wide when viewed from the Beach Lawns and 140m in depth from its entrance set back from the road extending on to Weston beach.

Its highest point will be the hotel complex at 34.5m, taller than Carlton Mansions which stands at 26m, according to Henry Boot's spokesman.

The pods at the side of the main building will range in height from 16-18m.

Mr Symons spoke at a full council meeting on Tuesday against the current plans, due to be submitted in February next year.

* To read more about the Tropicana development visit www.thewestonmercury.co.uk

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