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Picture Past: October 13, 1967 – sinking building and adverts blocking the scenery

PUBLISHED: 11:43 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:43 13 October 2017

Weston's new town centre traffic scheme comes into operation on Monday, and includes reversing the flow of traffic in High Street.

Weston's new town centre traffic scheme comes into operation on Monday, and includes reversing the flow of traffic in High Street.

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A sinking building and adverts blocking the scenery featured in the news in Weston-super-Mare 50 years ago. Here are the stories and pictures from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in October 1967.

Weston Lifeboat being launched under the command of assistant coxwain, Mr. Frank Watts. Weston Lifeboat being launched under the command of assistant coxwain, Mr. Frank Watts.

Serious structural defects had developed in a Weston office block – so much so that it had begun sinking.

The South Western Electricity Board’s building in Locking Road had only been built in 1960, costing £110,000, including £30,000 of equipment.

Cracks were found all over the building, and gaps had started appearing between the walls and window frames, meaning water got in when it rained.

Staff would have to leave for 18 months while repairs were carried out.

The Mayor (Cllr. C.D. Curtis) with some of the children who entertained 30 old-age pensioners with a concert at the Town Hall. The Mayor (Cllr. C.D. Curtis) with some of the children who entertained 30 old-age pensioners with a concert at the Town Hall.

• Weston’s new traffic scheme was about to start operating. It included reversing the flow of traffic in High Street.

Some people thought the eventual solution to the town’s traffic problem would be to keep traffic out of the central area.

• Objects valued at more than £10,000 were stolen from the home of a former Weston mayor.

The haul included fur coats, valuable antique silverware and jewellery.

Weston-super-Mare Silver Band Autumn Fayre at St John House, Oxford Street. Swiss accordionist Margrit Krebs provides a musical interlude. Weston-super-Mare Silver Band Autumn Fayre at St John House, Oxford Street. Swiss accordionist Margrit Krebs provides a musical interlude.

Insurance assessors offered a reward of £1,000 for any information leading to the recovery of the items.

• A supermarket was being considered to replace the Queen’s Hotel on the corner of Regent Street in Weston.

The site also included a tobacconist and gift shop, but it was thought those could be removed to make way for the shop.

• It was announced a new police headquarters was going to be constructed in Weston.

Uphill Victory Hall Autumn Farye. Helen Gilligan with sisters Arlene, Gwynne, Kay and Fiona Butchart hold a giant box of chocolates which were a prize during the fayre. Uphill Victory Hall Autumn Farye. Helen Gilligan with sisters Arlene, Gwynne, Kay and Fiona Butchart hold a giant box of chocolates which were a prize during the fayre.

Somerset County Council agreed tenders for the work could be invited in January.

It was expected to cost £285,000 and take the form of a tower block adjoining the courthouse building.

• Plans were submitted to expand Mendip Hotel in Blagdon by adding a conference room, ballroom, swimming pool, water gardens and tennis courts.

• Increased advertising in Berrow and Brean was said to be ruining the visual amenities.

Weston's new town centre traffic scheme comes into operation on Monday, and includes reversing the flow of traffic in High Street. There are those who think that the eventual solution is to Weston's traffic problem is to keep traffic out of the central area. Her is an impression by Mrs Nita Hislop of what the High Street would look like as a pedestrian precinct. Weston's new town centre traffic scheme comes into operation on Monday, and includes reversing the flow of traffic in High Street. There are those who think that the eventual solution is to Weston's traffic problem is to keep traffic out of the central area. Her is an impression by Mrs Nita Hislop of what the High Street would look like as a pedestrian precinct.

A planning officer said there was so much advertising, it was now getting in the way of the scenery.

• Weston visitors were getting very confused because of the poor street signs around the town, a church magazine claimed.

It said road signs were only on one side of the street, and often the road would switch names half down through, leading to more confusion.

Ads 13th October 1967 Edition. Ads 13th October 1967 Edition.

MORE: Picture Past – October 6, 1967.

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