Civic watchdogs relaunch awards

PUBLISHED: 19:00 21 September 2013

The Civic Society is hoping to pay to replant the trees in the Boulevard.

The Civic Society is hoping to pay to replant the trees in the Boulevard.

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WESTON'S civic watchdog will celebrate well-designed new buildings and improvements to other spaces in the town when it relaunches its awards evening next week.

Last month, Weston Civic Society elected Rosemary Dowie as chairman following months of wrangling over finances and membership.

The awards evening is one of the new projects started under her chairmanship, which also includes the society paying to replace old trees in the Boulevard, and the creation of the Friends Of The Town Quarry group.

Awards will be handed out for well-designed new buildings, work done to older buildings and improvements to parks and open spaces.

Improvements to spaces between buildings and the imaginative reuse of buildings no longer required for their original purpose will also be recognised.

Martha Perriam, who is organising the awards evening, said: “I think it is important to praise what is being done in Weston.

“People are spending money on buildings while thinking carefully about the history of the town.”

Previous winners of the awards include the shop front of David Hughes’ Antiques in Baker Street, and the conversion of the former Wyvern Lower School premises in Locking Road.

Ms Perriam said: “The society has been through a bad patch and we wanted to start the awards again because we think they are very important.

“I hope and intend that the awards will be a regular annual affair from now on.”

The awards will be handed out on Tuesday in the Rowan Tea Room at the Old Town Quarry in South Road from 7pm.

The society will also be celebrating its 40th anniversary with the cutting of a cake, after many of its events were postponed due to the disagreements between members.

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