Picture Past: June 18, 1965

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 June 2015

A model of Weston's new Technical College the plans for which were approved by the Borough and Area Planning Committeess this week.

A model of Weston's new Technical College the plans for which were approved by the Borough and Area Planning Committeess this week.


APPROVAL was granted for a new £550,000 technical college in Weston 50 years ago this week, while residents were warned about ‘dangerous’ pencils by a senior medical official.

The stories were reported in the June 18 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald back in 1965.

A new eight-storey technical college – what is now Weston College’s main building in Knightstone Road – was granted informal approval by the borough council’s estates and plans committee. The county’s chief education officer, WJ Deacon, said: “We are most anxious to get on and get this building produced as soon as possible. It would be a very delightful building and a great acquisition to the town.”

Weston’s medical officer, Dr David McGowan, warned members of the borough council’s health committee of the dangers posed by chewing lead pencils. He said: “Children will chew anything, cots and pencils, but adults also chew pencils. Is it too difficult or expensive for manufacturers to make lead-free paint?”

The diving board at the ladies’ pool in Knightstone Baths, in Weston, was set to be removed as it was deemed to be too ‘dangerous’. Fears were raised over the board, which measured five feet high, due to a recommendation from the Western Counties Swimming Association.

Weston’s publicity officer Edward Turner said in a report that ‘tourism is industry’ to the South West. He added: “Without tourism and a handful of factories, a large part of this region could be considered a depressed area.”

A new branch of children’s charity the NSPCC was opened by writer Ben Travers in Lympsham. The opening day, which featured a fete, was attended by 700 people and raised £350. Mr Travers said: “In these days of comparative prosperity, the society’s work is still necessary.”

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