Picture Past: April 9, 1965

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 April 2015

Pupils put on a range of entertainments during Uphill Primary School's open day.

Pupils put on a range of entertainments during Uphill Primary School's open day.

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THE dividing of the Winter Garden's putting green to make way for a new road was 'condemned' by Mercury readers in 1965.

A tea break for members of the cast during an evening of one-act plays and musical entertainment given by Wrington and District YFC at the Memorial Hall, Wrington.A tea break for members of the cast during an evening of one-act plays and musical entertainment given by Wrington and District YFC at the Memorial Hall, Wrington.

The story was the main headline in the April 9 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.

Here are some of the stories also featured:

■ People continued to voice their opposition for an east to west road which would cut through the Winter Gardens’ putting green. Weston Borough Councillors reluctantly agreed to approve the road the week before. The Mercury received more letters than it had in many years and even six borough councillors voiced their opposition to the scheme.

■ It was not a good week for the borough council when it received a ‘bombshell’ that costs for a £1million council house scheme would rise by £17,300. The plan was for 350 homes to be built in Worle. The council’s Housing Committee heard the news an hour before the meeting and so decided to defer any decision relating to the scheme.

■ Despite an argument from Cllr WE Roe that Knightstone was the best place for swimming baths in Weston, the council’s Building and Baths Committee reaffirmed its decision that land adjoining Drove Road recreation ground should be reserved for it.

■ A petition against a relief road in Highbridge was signed by more than 1,800 people. MP Sir Gerald Wills received the petition and said it was a ‘farce that will sacrifice Highbridge needlessly.’

■ Three goals in three minutes provided a dramatic finish for Weston Football Club when they beat Exeter City Reserves 3-1.

■ And Bleadon residents crowded into Weston’s Town Hall against proposals for a quarry at Shiplate Hill. A planning inquiry was being held about the quarry, which was strongly opposed by the people of Bleadon. The inquiry was told the site would be screened.

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