Picture Past: March 8, 1968 – Weston’s biggest industrial land sale
PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 March 2018
The sale of 40 acres of land and council rates made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from the March 8 edition.
• The largest sale of industrial land in Weston’s history was confirmed.
Golden Valley Investments bought 40 acres of land adjoining Winterstoke Road.
It was proposing using it to build an industrial estate, made up of small and large factories.
The total cost of the project was estimated to about £3.5million to £4million, and would take five to six years to complete.
Some national companies were reportedly already interested in the site, and the Mercury said it ‘seemed certain’ the developments would have a beneficial effect on the town.
• The number of people being made redundant as a result of gas production ending in Weston was revealed.
The Weston and District Gas Company said 11 people were retained in Weston, 30 were found work on a short-term basis, and six were transferred to other sites.
However, 27 either retired, or were made redundant.
• A full-scale search of beaches in Weston and Kewstoke would be conducted by naval experts to look for unexploded missiles.
• British Rail was considering making Highbridge Station unstaffed.
Burnham’s councillors were told it had worked satisfactorily in other places where a small number of tickets were issued.
In considering how they would respond, Cllr Groen expressed fears Highbridge would lose out on future developments if there were no trains.
• Ratepayers in Weston were unlikely to have to pay more in the upcoming year, the borough council’s finance committee decided.
However, proposals for commercial ratepayers included a five pence increase.
• The Weston Ratepayers and Residents Association decided it was going to adopt a more militant attitude.
It informed the Mercury it would aim to influence council policy and sponsor certain candidates.
• The Sheriff of Somerset was named as Sir John Vernon Wills from Langford.
• Axbridge’s churches were holding week-long vigils to pray for peace in Vietnam.
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