Hundreds in court for parking on double yellow lines... 50 years ago
PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 April 2017
Hundreds of people were going to court because they parked on double yellow lines 50 years ago, the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald reported. Here is the news from April 14, 1967.
* Around 50 people a day were going through Weston-super-Mare’s courts in 1967 because they had parked wrongly on double yellow lines, it was revealed.
Weston Borough Council discussed the issue, as it was considering whether it should build more car parks.
Ald GW Crouch said the number of people getting caught on double yellow lines was so high because they had nowhere else to go.
He said the borough council should build a multi-storey car park because the lack of parking spaces was not leaving a good impression on visitors.
* However, a survey did find most tourists loved Weston so much they wished they could live there.
Weston Technical College instructed 100 students to conduct a tourism survey, and the results showed of hundreds of people who visited the town year on year, 40 per cent of them wanted to live there permanently.
* A £35,000 road improvement scheme was promised for Congresbury.
It would involve demolishing the old railway bridge.
* March 1967 had been the sunniest March for 11 years, with 154 hours of sunlight.
* Weston Football Club suffered its first defeat in eight games, losing 4-2 to Plymouth Argyle.
However, the players could take some comfort in the fact many of Plymouth’s players were professionals.
* The Government announced councils could no longer borrow money from a public works loan board.
Weston Borough Council feared it would have to find £500,000 from public investments instead, leading to higher interest rates.
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