Picture Past: March 29, 1968 – freak weather causing damage
PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 March 2018
The damage freak weather was doing to the coastline made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from March 28, 1968.
• Parts of the Somerset coastline had experienced unusually high tides and gale force winds, causing considerable damage during 1967 and 1968.
The Somerset River Authority chief engineer was trying to conduct some research to find out if it was an anomaly, or whether it was going to become a regular occurrence. Adding sea walls was costly, and the authority did not want to install them if the wind and high tides occurring at the same time was a coincidence which would not happen again.
• Plunder Street, in Cleeve, was likely to change its name.
No-one was sure where the name had come from, as it was not included in the 1815 records of street names.
It was expected to be changed to Cleeve Hill Road, but a few members of the public said they liked the name as it was reminiscent of highwaymen.
The chairman of Cleeve Parish Council questioned whether rural roads should have names at all.
He said: “We must not expect everything as it is in a town. We don’t want to make it suburbia.”
• The sale of 40 acres of land was sold by Weston Borough Council, giving it £26,000.
It was to be developed for an industrial estate.
• The safety of children who would have to cross a busy road was a landowner’s main objection to the compulsory purchase of her land to be used for a school.
Somerset County Council wanted to buy the two-and-a-half acres in Shipham, and said it was an ideal site as it was in the centre of the village.
• The cost of creating a playing field in Brent Knoll would cost £2,000 because of levies on the land, residents were told.
• The Government announced it was going to provide grants and loans towards building new hotels and extending old ones.
Edward Turner, Weston’s publicity and public relations officer, said it was a great breakthrough for hotels.
• Axbridge Parish Council was in a battle with planners over development in the town.
Councillors said they needed a scheme to tidy up buildings and allow orderly development.
The chairman said it had been five years since it was agreed, and five years since any progress was made.
• To view more stories from Weston’s past, join our Facebook group by searching for Weston-super-Mare Memories.