Tropicana being considered for swimming a pool again
The Tropicana is again being considered as a site for Weston’s second swimming pool, but councillors warn it could cost as much as £30million.
North Somerset Council’s deputy leader Mike Bell has revealed the former lido is one of the options being considered by the authority as it seeks to satisfy the town’s shortage of leisure facilities.
A new swimming facility for Weston has long been on the council’s agenda, with the previous administration – which was defeated in May’s elections – announcing proposals for a second pool at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre in 2015.
But, despite assertions at the time, no firm plans were created and the council is no closer to splashing out on a new pool four years later, although the new administration has begun assessing its options.
The topic of a seafront pool has been a long-running saga in the North Somerset town. The Tropicana used to be a seafront lido in the town, but it closed in 2000 and has lain empty for 15 years.
During that period there were campaigns to bring it back to life as a swimming pool, as well as plans to bulldoze the site.
Now a group of business leaders in the town have started a petition to save the building and create a new pool on the site.
Lido-style pools have been successful elsewhere, the closest example of that being in Portishead, with another example in Plymouth and the group wish to maintain the regeneration momentum in Weston Super Mare and create new leisure facilities along with employment and to attract tourism to the area.