Interactive photo sliders: Changing Weston
PUBLISHED: 12:59 14 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:46 16 October 2017
Have a look at how Weston has changed over the years with our interactive photo sliders. Simply swipe the sliders from left to right to reveal the changes between 1999 and 2016.
This is one of Weston-super-Mare’s biggest recent developments, with a total of 900 homes planned for the site.
The old airfield was empty in 1999, but more recent satellite images show the new village beginning to take shape.
The runway is now used as the main road in and out of the development, while all of its roads are named with an aircraft theme.
Big Lamp Corner
This area of Weston has had quite the renovation in the past 17 years.
In 1999 Big Lamp Corner was still a road but it has since been pedestrianised.
The silica was also installed in 2007, and has divided Westonian’s ever since with some loving it while others loathe it – but the real question is, do you call it a carrot or a parsnip?
This area right in the heart of Weston-super-Mare is now unrecognisable, and is still changing.
This old satellite image shows the old Dolphin Square precinct in 1999, which was filled with shops.
It was demolished in 2013 to make way for a new leisure complex, the first units of which are due to open this year after lengthy delays.
Hans Price School
A new £14million building was created as the home of Hans Price Academy in 2014, but the site was once home to Wyvern Community School.
While the school now may look completely different from ground level, it was built partially on the same footprint as its predecessor. Its old tennis courts were built on however, and new ones created on the school’s field, while some of Wyvern’s smaller buildings were demolished to create one big building for Hans Price.
This image also shows numerous retail units around Marchfields Way, which have changed very little over the years.
The motorway junction itself has been improved in recent years, and it is easy to see why its capacity needed to increase from these satellite images.
Hundreds more houses have been built in St Georges and West Wick and Worle.
This means what was once an expanse of green is now packed with houses.
The Grand Pier
A fire devastated the pier in 2008 and its owners, the Michael family, spent two years rebuilding it.
It has since become one of the South West’s biggest tourist attractions.
These images show just how different the pier looks now, with its large roof and modern walkway.
Princess Royal Square
Some people may not remember a time Princess Royal Square could be driven around, but these pictures show a dramatic change in the seafront space.
Much of the area has been pedestrianised, while a circular building which is now home to French restaurant Bistrot Pierre has been added.
Weston College Loxton
What was once Broadoak Sixth Form is now home to Weston College’s Loxton Campus.
The college opened its sixth form centre on the site in Loxton Road in 1999, but developed the land in 2008 into what it is now.
The £15million campus was opened by Princess Anne on June 23, 2008.
Locking Parklands has perhaps undergone one of the biggest transformations in the town.
Once home to an RAF base, the area has been developed into hundreds of homes – with even more in the pipeline.
A new primary school is also planned for the area, but this has been hit by delays due to the north-south spine road.