Weston-super-Mare’s Picture Past: June 16, 1967
PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 June 2017
Motorway signs were confusing drivers who were ending up in Bristol instead of Weston-super-Mare 50 years ago. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.
There were gloomy reports of the reducing number of visitors making their way to the South West – but not for Weston, which was maintaining its popularity.
Hotel bookings were better than the year before, but there were concerns over people getting lost on the motorway.
The signs were said to be confusing people, who were ending up in East Bristol rather than Weston.
* Worle residents were increasingly ‘perturbed’ and ‘terrified’ by the increasing amount of traffic, particularly from heavy quarry lorries.
* Certain businesses suffered financial losses during the bank holiday weekend because of a police road diversion.
Two newsagents said their takings had been smaller over the bank holiday than on typical days during the middle of winter.
But police officers countered by arguing they had been justified in putting the diversion in place, adding that it would be repeated in the future if needed too, because it was in the interests of public safety.
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* There was an increase in receipts at the open air pool on Weston seafront.
* Weston Borough Council was ‘outraged’ when British Rail proposed closing the railway footbridge, making it impossible for people to use it as a convenient route between Drove Road and Station Road.
* A Wimpy bar opened in Waterloo Street.
* Weston finished third in the British Resorts Association’s competition for the best advertising posters for the year.
* An outline plan for an extension to Weston’s Town Hall was drawn up. It was estimated to cost £120,000.
* Housing developments in the first quarter of the year progressed faster in Weston than in any other part of Somerset.
The population was almost 44,000, and 679 homes were still being built, and 164 finished, in the first three months of the year.
* The building of the new Playhouse Theatre would start at the earliest possible date, the borough council said.
* There was an urgent need for more parking places in Weston, but there was disagreement over whether they should go in the Grove Park tennis courts.
One council committee wanted it to be turned into a car park, another did not.
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