Work has begun to restore part of the Tropicana at Weston-super-Mare. It is hoped some of the building will be opened to the public in time for the summer.
The site in Weston-super-Mare has remained virtually derelict since the open-air swimming pool closed in 2000.
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
The Tropicana at Weston-super-Mare has been saved from demolition.
The town's Conservative MP John Penrose said the demolition of the former swimming pool will not go ahead after a decision by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.
A group of local businesses wants to re-develop the site, and reinstate a swimming pool.
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.