Picture Past: April 28, 1967 - Parking woes and NHS costs rise
PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:15 02 May 2017
The NHS and car parking dominated the headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago this week. Here is the news from the paper's April 28 edition in 1967...
* The cost of running the NHS in Somerset had risen by 10 shillings per person compared to the year before, it was reported.
The biggest increase in costs came in pharmaceutical services.
* There was not much hope that Weston would get its first multi-storey car park any time soon.
A development company had revealed plans to build one on the Regent House car park, but hit problems when the borough council refused the plans.
But, the Mercury said, car parking was becoming an increasing problem for the town, with a number of complaints recorded about the inadequate number of spaces available in Weston’s car parks.
* Parking bans and double-yellow lines were also proving a contentious issue in nearby villages.
Yatton residents were against a Somerset County Council and police proposal to install yellow ‘no parking’ signs.
And the parish council in Winscombe shared similar reservations about double-yellow lines being painted onto a small section of the main road.
* High tides in Burnham, which caused damage to the sea wall, were said to have been the highest in nearly 30 years.
The large waves and rough sea caused a hole measuring 20 square feet in part of the wall.
* The chairman of Weston magistrates issued a warning to doctors of the possibility of drug addicts being able to get drugs by taking prescription forms left for patients on surgery notice boards.
* The railway excursion platforms in Weston had almost been completely demolished.
The borough council was planning to use the area as a car park, with an area especially for commuters.