Picture Past: June 21, 1968 – farcical bridge not going to be changed for seven years
PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 June 2018
A bridge, which was unusable for some people, was not likely to be finished for seven years, it was reported 50 years ago. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in 1968.
• Weston Borough Council promised it was not launching an ‘anti-gas campaign’ after it chose to build an eight-storey block of flats without gas heating.
The council thought the tenants, who would live on the Oldmixon estate, would worry about a gas explosion, particularly as there had been an explosion in a block in London.
• The council was also considering altering a by-law which imposed an eight-mile-an-hour speed limit on Weston’s beach.
The limit had been in force for 40 years, but the authority was considering altering it so car racing could take place.
• There was a plea for the footbridge linking Dolphin Square and Beach Road to be completed – but the council was facing the prospect of it not happening for seven years.
When it was built, one side ended with steps, and the other with a ramp, which meant people with pushchairs had to turn back when they realised they could not get down the other side.
The council heard it could take seven years to be completed, since the builder did not yet own the land to build the ramp on the other side.
• A ban on excursion coaches on the seafront had brought strong opposition from coach owners.
The new rules only allowed express coaches to use the Melrose car park for setting down and picking up passengers.
• The Bristol Channel was going to be searched for any large deposits of gas or natural oil.
• The National Trust launched its £30,000 appeal to buy Woodspring Priory, at Middle Hope, ‘for the nation’.
• The paper’s Looking Back column featured a scathing comment from 1868.
A clergyman had been chosen as chairman of the town’s commissioners and the Mercury said it had no good opinion of clerics as ‘men of business’.
It said: “They are not only deficient in their knowledge of the ways of the world, but are apt, because of the respect paid to their social position, to be a little imperious and exceedingly conceited of qualities which they rarely, or never, possess.”
The writer added those observations were not made from any personal disapproval of the reverend gentleman.
• Also, in 1918, it was reported a decision was taken to reconstruct the Grand Pier.