Picture Past: July 16, 1965

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 July 2015

Winterstoke School pupils admire some of the dolls on show in the School exhibition and open day.

Winterstoke School pupils admire some of the dolls on show in the School exhibition and open day.

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BIRTH control pills for pigeons was one unusual suggestion which was making the headlines in 1965.

The Church of England Children's Society summer fayre at the Albert Hall. Competitors in the fancy dress try their hand on one of the stalls.The Church of England Children's Society summer fayre at the Albert Hall. Competitors in the fancy dress try their hand on one of the stalls.

The radical idea was reported in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in the July 16 edition as an unorthodox way to quell the town’s huge pigeon population.

■ Pigeons were causing a menace in Weston – leading one councillor to suggest the pills. The council was told the problem was so great that the work done to repair the floral clock had been ruined. The pigeons were eating the plants, and councillors said there may be no point in replacing them. A programme to catch pigeons in 1964 had resulted in 400 being caught. Cllr Edwards said: “At least it’s a little bit safer to walk under the Town Hall now.”

■ More than a hundred ‘youths and girls’ were involved in smashing windows, furniture and cars surrounding a café in St James Street. Two youths were taken to hospital but no-one was charged with an offence.

■ A plan to knock down the Knightstone Theatre and rebuild it on the Arcade site was proposed by Weston Borough Council’s engineer. It was thought a championship-standard swimming pool could be built in place of the theatre, as well as a £200,000 multi-storey car park.

■ A Government minister turned down plans for a quarry at Shiplate Hill in Bleadon. The proposals had been opposed by individuals and organisations concerned about the possible loss of amenity.

■ The building of a new floor for Weston Library was considered. A new floor would provide 2,000sq-ft of space.

■ The Bristol Channel jetty plan, which was dropped by the developer hours after receiving Government approval, cost the taxpayers £800 it was revealed by Weston MP David Webster. The money had been spent on preparing the Welsh Shipping Agency Bill, although the total cost to taxpayers was likely never to be known.

■ A play area was being planned for an unspecified grassy part of the town – but the town council said it would not be on the Beach Lawns.

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