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Olympic-sized swimming pool plan part of one last Tropicana rescue bid

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 24, 2012

  • Protesters gather outside Weston-super-Mare's Tropicana

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A plea for a Judicial Review has been lodged to save Weston-Super-Mare’s iconic Tropicana from demolition.

Campaigners also said a new planning application to turn it into an Olympic-sized community swimming pool is on the way.

More than 140 people who gathered to show support for the doomed leisure site, were told the news on Saturday by businessman Derek Mead.

Mr Mead is chairman of Trop (WsM) which aims to turn the once pioneering complex into a thriving tourist attraction once more.

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North Somerset Council has voted to demolish the 74-year-old structure which has been empty and neglected for ten years. Several attempts to find a new future for the building with a variety of developers have come to nothing.

Mr Mead wants to build a £5.2million all-weather community pool.

He has appealed to North Somerset Council to sell him the site for £1 rather than knocking it down.

“I’m a businessman. This is a tourist town,” said Mr Mead. “This is a tourist facility. It’s got a history going back to 1938 when it was extremely successful. Let us have it for a quid.”

He said handing the site over would save North Somerset Council the £750,000 cost of demolition.

“We’re in the process now of putting in a planning application for that purpose. That should be with the council shortly,” he said.

North Somerset Council wants to knock it down and return it to beach with a new sea wall.

The plan was approved by Eric Pickles Communities and Local Government Secretary in August.

But, on Friday an injunction was served on the council following the launch of an application for a Judicial Review in the High Court.

Nothing can now be done until a judge considers the matter on November 29.

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