Picture Past: April 2, 1965

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 April 2015

Sir Roderick (Leslie Skidmore) puts Robin (Peter Lee) in his place, watched by the other ghosts in

Sir Roderick (Leslie Skidmore) puts Robin (Peter Lee) in his place, watched by the other ghosts in "Ruddigore," presented by Cheddar WI and Evening Institutes at the Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar.


THOUSANDS of pounds were due to be spent on repairing 'disgraceful' roads while students said they were working in 'slums' this week in 1965.

Here are some of the stories reported in the April 2 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

■ The Mercury took a stand on the prospect of the Winter Gardens’ putting green being used for a new east to west road. It said the Weston Borough Council’s decision, made the week before, was to be ‘deplored’. It said the general view was the road would bring more traffic through the town and add to the seasonal congestion on the seafront. The Mercury was supporting a campaign called Save The Gardens.

■ Councillor CD Curtis said Weston people could collect money to pay for a new hospital in the town and therefore shame the Ministry of Health into agreeing to build one. The health committee was told the Ministry was having doubts about the proposed site at Uphill.

■ Conditions at Weston Technical College were described as being like ‘filthy revolting slums’ at a meeting held by the students. They said it had primitive toilet conditions and antiquated heating arrangements with blank fungi growing on the wallpaper in one room. The Student Union Council was yet to be told whether they would move to the former Westcliffe School or huts while the new college was being built. College principal Roy Mason said the students’ concerns were ‘legitimate’.

■ The proposed withdrawal of a railway passenger service between Yatton and Clevedon came in for criticism at a meeting of the North Somerset Area Parish Councils Association.

■ So many roads in Worle were in need of improvement that a special committee was being formed to decide which were the priority. Church Road was described by Cllr Dickson as a ‘disgrace’. £30,000 was allocated for road improvement and improvements to Purn Lane alone would cost £6,000.

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