Picture Past: July 9, 1965

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 July 2015

Children entertain at the National Savings Movement display at Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar. The recorder group from Cheddar Primary School.

Children entertain at the National Savings Movement display at Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar. The recorder group from Cheddar Primary School.


JUST hours after the Government approved a Bristol Channel jetty scheme, developers decided they might not press ahead with the plans after all.

The news was reported by the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1965 in its July 9 edition.

■ Faced with the need to find an additional £25,000 in income, Weston Borough Council recommended raising its council house rents. The money was needed in order to balance the housing revenue account budget. The changes would mean 284 people would pay the same amount, but others would see their tax rise by up to 6s a week.

■ An iron ore jetty plan for the Bristol Channel had been given the go-ahead by Government ministers. But the company behind the plans decided it may not build it after all – just hours after the Government papers were signed. Weston MP David Wester described the news as ‘extraordinary’ but was pleased as he had opposed the scheme.

■ The first proposals to build 36 flats in 10 storeys on the former Tivoli Cinema in the Boulevard were heard this week in 1964.

■ The Minister for Transport was expected to give his approval for a new signal-controlled pedestrian crossing at the Grand Pier and for a zebra crossing at Knightstone.

■ King John’s Hunting Lodge in The Square in Axbridge was opened for the first time in months so the Axbridge Rural District Council (RDC) could inspect the building. The council was interested in buying it and turning it into a museum.

■ And the Axbridge RDC was seeking the approval from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government for a new £23,000 sewage system in Berrow.

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