Video: Campaigners state their case to save Weston-super-Mare's Tropicana
A video telling the story of the campaign to save Weston-super-Mare's dilapidated Tropicana from demolition has been produced by campaigners battling to save the landmark.
The video, produced by Digital Photo Studio, features local people talking about the building and their support for proposals by consortium Trop (WSM) Ltd to take it over and turn it into an all weather tourist attraction.
Outline plans for the redevelopment, drawn up by architects Angus Meek, would see the entire site revamped with a covered swimming pool, bars, cafes and a sauna and fitness complex.
North Somerset Council has already agreed to demolish the Tropicana and return the area to sand.
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However, a final decision on whether the building, which lies in a conservation area, can be knocked down lies with the Secretary of State.
Trop (WSM) Ltd has launched a judicial review against the decision, saying the building should not be demolished while alternative plans for its redevelopment have been put forward.
The video will be unveiled at the studio in Locking Road on Tuesday. Studio spokesman Kirsten Hemingway said the production gave the strongest possible indication to the council that local people favoured the retention, rather than the demolition of the Tropicana.
Miss Hemingway said: "We support the idea, too and we felt this was one way of providing some practical backing to the campaign."
In response to the judicial review, the authority has now lodged a fresh planning application to demolish the one-time landmark.
Further consultation on the application will now be carried out. Businessman Derek Mead - the leading light behind Trop (WSM) Ltd - said: "The application makes no mention of our proposals, our costings or our business plan or all the other information we have provided the council with. It's as though we don't exist.
"The council cannot simply ignore our presence or our proposals when it goes to public consultation with this application because it will only be giving people half the picture.
"Unless our plans are included in the general information about the current state of play I very much fear we shall be considering yet another legal challenge.
"It's regrettable, but if that's the only way we can get the council to play by the proper rules, then so be it."