8th April 2014 - News Release
"Meeting with The Mr Eric Pickles"
Photo; shows from left to right Teresa Ridley, Amanda Sutherland, John Penrose, Eric Pickles, Derek Mead, Paul Batts, Geri Callen and Gail Parsons.
Members of the campaign team working to save the Tropicana met up with The Secretary of State , Eric Pickles, in the House of Commons ,London ,on Thursday 2nd April to deliver personal 'thank you letters' from supporters in North Somerset for the reinstatement of the pool following the decision to disallow the application by North Somerset Council to demolish the site.
The campaigners have now formed an enabling team, which includes John Penrose MP for Weston super Mare along with District and Town councillors and local business associations to move the project forward and to attract funding for the site.
The meeting, arranged by Weston’s MP John Penrose, saw the presentation of a Weston super Mare ‘Carnival Memento’ to Eric Pickles.
“Most of us remember the Trop carnival float featuring Eric Pickles as a slightly unlikely Sea God. I was delighted to set up a meeting between the Trop backers and Eric, so they could present him with a memento to say ‘thank you’ for his decision. It turns out Eric saw the original report in the Mercury and was particularly proud of the picture because it shows him with an impressive six-pack!”
Any enquiries concerning this press statement should be forwarded to:
Geri Callen, The Trop Trust , Ebdon Court Farm, Wick St Lawrence, North Somerset, BS22 7YU.
Tel: 01934 520808; Mob: 07884295627: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
21st December 2013 - News Release
"MP picks Trop Santa Card"
John Penrose is sending festive greetings cards involving Santa and the Tropicana to all his fellow MPs this Christmas, including the Prime Minister.
The Weston MP asked schoolchildren to design a card and got people to vote for their favourites online.
Scarlett Fortune, from Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, was named the overall winner.
Hutton Primary School pupils William Stevenson and Maria Karageorgopoulos were named winners of the key stage one and two categories respectively.
Full article... http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/education/mp_picks_trop_santa_card_1_3135600
19th December 2013 - News Release
"Welcome to The Trop Trust"
After a successful campaign lasting two years culminating with the Secretary of State halting the demolition of the building, the campaign group The Trop (WsM) Ltd is to be superseded by The Trop Trust. Trustees will shortly be in place to take on the task of working with a volunteer enabling team (consisting of local and respected business people) to oversee fund raising and grant applications to finance the project.
Also following the last full district council meeting, this team now has the support of North Somerset Council.
The Trop Trust recognises the importance of collecting and maintaining up to date information from the local business communities, residents and visitors to the area and therefore would like to invite you to visit our forum pages where you can share ideas and raise any queries with us.
Gathering this information will also assist, and in some cases, is crucial to our successful fund raising activities for this project. We thank you in advance for your valued input.
2nd December 2013
Please take the time to fill out our short business questionnaire to support us in our fundraising activities. Please download and return to: The Trop Trust, Ebdon Court Farm, Wick St Lawrence, Weston Super Mare, North Somerset, United Kingdom BS22 7YU or email email@example.com
Click here to download the business questionnaire.
1st December 2013 - News Release
"Thank You Mr Pickles"
A BIG Thank You to everyone who has supported the "Thank You Eric Pickles" campaign. All entries have now been collected ready to be delivered to Eric. Post Boxes are now shut.
15th November 2013 - News Release
Unanimous vote to support Tropicana scheme
Every single councillor at North Somerset's full council meeting has voted in favour of supporting the latest scheme to redevelop Weston's crumbling Tropicana.
The decision came after a working party, formed to come up with a solution for the site, recommended that members should hand over the leasehold of the seafront site to Trop WSM Ltd.
Full article... http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/unanimous_vote_to_support_tropicana_scheme_1_3001142
23rd October 2013 - News Release
North Somerset Council Meeting in November to consider the latest proposals for the Tropicana
Agreement reached to put a proposal to Full Council next month which could allow the Community Group, The Trop (WsM) Ltd and its team to test the viability of its scheme for the development of The Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare.
Councillor Derek Mead, also a spokesperson for the Community Group says: “Members of the group have been campaigning since November 2011 to save this landmark building and deliver a new exciting beachside facility. It is heartening to note that North Somerset Council Leader Nigel Ashton expressly recognised and acknowledged that this is what the people want.
In recognition of the opportunities within the Localism Act, the group have repeatedly asked for ‘partnership working’ with North Somerset Council to deliver this project and now look forward to the opportunity of establishing a close working relationship with The Tropicana Working Party and officers from North Somerset Council with the emphasis on 'enabling' the regeneration to move forward.
The group would like to thank local Residents, Businesses, The Town Council and Community Groups within the Town who have been hugely supportive of our work. Without their continued help we would not have been able to achieve this opportunity to bring the Tropicana back into use. We would encourage everyone to continue to feel a part of this process.
For further information please contact: Catherine Hucker, Project Support Administrator, The Trop (WsM) Ltd, Ebdon Court Farm, Wick St Lawrence, North Somerset BS22 7YU: Tel 01934 520808
Derek mead celebrates today's news on the Save Our Tropicana Weston with John Penrose and supporters
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