Picture Past: October 13, 1967 – sinking building and adverts blocking the scenery
PUBLISHED: 11:43 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:43 13 October 2017
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.