The demolition of the derelict Tropicana building in Weston-super-Mare has been given the go ahead by the Government. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, approved the application to get rid of it, after it was referred to the government in March.
Plans to find viable alternatives by campaigners have been unsuccessful.
North Somerset Council say the Secretary of State confirmed the following things in his decision letter.
-The building has not been subject to deliberate neglect or disrepair
-The scheme proposed by Trop (WSM) Ltd is neither viable nor deliverable.
-The demolition of the Tropicana and its return to beach and sea wall would have a positive impact on the Conservation Area and the tourist sector.
Councillor Tony Lake said he welcomed the decision.
But Lib-dem councillors have called the decision a 'whitewash' and say they will carry on fighting.