The future of the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare is once again in doubt after North Somerset Council reported that the latest proposals to fund a restoration project appear to have failed.
In a statement the Council said:
Following the failure of Trop WsM Ltd to come forward with any funding agreement for their project, and an independent assessment of the current proposals, North Somerset Council members will now be asked to consider the next steps for the Tropicana site at Weston-super-Mare.
According to the Council, The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership has concluded that: 'the business plan as currently presented together with the clarification provided is most likely to fail in terms of securing funding for the development'.
As a result the council is now reconvening the Tropicana Working Party to consider the next steps for development of the site. It is expected to report to the next meeting of the Council on 15th July
I told the Minister what local people wanted, and I’m delighted to say he’s listened. Now Derek Mead has got the chance he wanted to fix the Trop, and it’s up to him to grab it with both hands and make it work. Kerry and Michelle Michael rebuilt the Grand Pier in a year; let’s see if Derek can beat their record!”
– John Penrose, Conservative MP for Weston-super-Mare.
Councillors in North Somerset have voted unanimously to review the demolition of the Tropicana on Weston-super-Mare's seafront. The plans will now also go to public consultation.
The decision has been welcomed by the campaign group "Don't Drop The Trop" who have been fighting to save it. Its planning consultant, Amanda Sutherland says
“We are delighted that the councillors have made it clear that any works at this site should be fully scrutinised by both councillors and the public.
"We ask for all concerned residents to give their support by objecting to the demolition of the building and supporting our application to provide Weston and North Somerset with a quality swimming complex.”
North Somerset Council is to outline details of how it intends to demolish the derelict Tropicana outdoor pool in Weston-super-Mare, almost a year after voting to do so. Opponents are still hoping to block the move, which has been delayed pending a hearing at the High Court on November 29th.
Plans to demolish the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare have been delayed after campaigners won the right to a legal challenge. North Somerset Council wants to knock down the former seafront swimming pool which has been derelict for more than a decade.
The council had been given approval to demolish by the Government. An application for a judicial review into the legality of that decision will be heard at the High Court in November.
Six Conservative councillors took the decision to demolish the Tropicana in the face of public opposition. One Conservative Minister has rubber stamped their decision. This has got whitewash splashed all over it.
There is an alternative plan, the building is not beyond its useful life and many people want to see the site saved as a leisure development. On all three fronts Conservative councillors and now Conservative ministers have not listened.
This is very disappointing news but does not end the fight."
– Councillor Mike Bell, eader of the opposition Liberal Democrat Group on North Somerset Council
We welcome the Secretary of State's decision. Over the last 12 years there have been three schemes to develop this seafront site, all of which involved knocking down the current structure.
For one reason or another, these schemes did not go ahead. We welcome the fact that the Secretary of State has recognised the efforts made by the council in attempting to redevelop the Tropicana site and the process for site demolition will now begin."