Picture Past: April 5, 1968 – new car parking system
PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 April 2018
A new car parking scheme was tested in Weston-super-Mare on the same week it snowed. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald’s April 5 edition in 1968.
• Weston’s new car parking plan came into force on April Fool’s Day, keeping attendants busier than normal.
Motorists were no longer allowed to park for an extended period of time in the Arcade, Regent House, and Carlton Street car parks.
The scheme aimed to secure a greater turnover of parking spaces by preventing business people and commuters hogging spaces all day.
Regular car park users were moved to other car parks or on unrestricted side roads. It was felt it was not a good week for the scheme to be tested as the wintry weather kept shoppers away.
• A new type of large council house was designed by Weston’s architect. It would be three storeys high, but take up less land than its usual houses.
Despite costing £200 more to build, it was thought the cost would be offset in the land saving.
• A Bristol resident who visited Weston to dig for lugworms on the beach ended up having to dig his van out of the sand.
His efforts proved fruitless, and engineers managed to tow it out once the tide had gone out. By then it was already a write-off.
• Banwell residents voted for an £18,500 village hall to be built.
A special parish meeting was held where an architect presented the plans for a large hall, small hall, kitchen, storage space and changing room.
Funding activities had already raised £3,000 and money was likely to be available from the Ministry of Education.
• The Mercury’s Looking Back column, the predecessor to Picture Past, reported how the toll to access Birnbeck Pier would be reduced from two pence to one pence on Sundays in 1868.
• Kewstoke Parish Council was to trial holding meetings six weeks apart, rather than four.
• Production at a new factory on the Oldmixon estate got underway.
Isopad manufactured heating elements, but the Weston factory would be used to make equipment for laboratories.
• Parents of more than 50 children on the Verlands housing estate in Congresbury offered to pay towards a play area.
They argued there should not be more houses built until their children had access to a place to play.
• Around 50 people living near Weston’s Clarence Park area signed a petition against a house being knocked down and replaced with flats.
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