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Tropicana plans look likely to fail

The derelict facade of the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

The Tropicana seen from the beach Credit: ITV News West Country

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


Jessie J and McBusted in Weston-super-Mare

Crowds gather for performers in Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV News West Country

It's a big weekend for music in Somerset. Not only is Glastonbury taking place but there's 'Summer Weekender' at Weston-super-Mare. 14 big pop acts including Jessie J and McBusted will be performing over the next two days.

McBusted to perform in Weston-super-Mare Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment
Jessie J to perform in Weston-super-Mare Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Two men have been jailed after man stabbed in Weston-super-Mare

Two men from Weston-super-Mare have been jailed after another man was stabbed five times during a dispute. Robert Weatherman, 41, and Kieran Brooks, 18, were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court today after both admitting a charge of wounding with intent at an earlier hearing.

Weatherman was sentenced to 11 years with four years’ extended probation, while Brooks was sentenced to six years.

Robert Weatherman jailed for stabbing man Credit: Avon & Somerset Police
Kieran Brooks jailed after man died Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Weston-super-Mare needs more rail choices says MP

Rail passengers in Weston-super-Mare should have more choice and more services, according to the town's MP.

John Penrose has written to the Transport Secretary as work gets under way to decide who should get the new Great Western franchise.

He says more companies should be allowed to operate, with more high speed trains stopping at Weston during rush hours.


Parachutist collides with spectator at Weston Air Show

A parachutist and spectator have been taken to hospital after they collided in Weston-super-Mare.

The incident happened at around 1.20pm on Marine Parade. A parachutist, part of the RAF Falcon display team, collided with an 82-year-old woman as he came into land.

An air ambulance attended the scene took both people to hospital. Neither have life-threatening injuries and the parachutist has since left hospital.

Teenage girl cleared of Weston-super-Mare murder

35-year-old Mark Roberts died after being assaulted on his way home in October 2013 Credit: Family

A 16-year-old girl from Bristol has been found not guilty of the murder of a man in Weston-super-Mare.

Mark Roberts died after being attacked on the Bournville estate as he made his way home from a night out. The girl was part of a group of teenagers who were present, and she filmed the assault on her phone. An 18-year-old man has already admitted murder.

Six 'Big Gigs' for the South West

Grove Park will be used for the Big Gig Credit: ITV News West Country

Bristol MP and Secretary of State for Communities Stephen Williams has announced 170 free concerts across the UK, including 6 here in the West. Amongst the venues for the 'Our Big Gig' events is Grove Park in Weston Super Mare.

The concerts will feature more than 7,000 local musicians and will be free to spectators. They are part of the government's work to bring communities together. Last summer's event saw more than 200,000 people attend the free gigs.

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