Picture Past: February 16, 1968 – dangerously high levels of gas discovered

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 February 2018

Weston's new eight-storey Technical College is begining to rise above the surrounding screening and the concrete framework will soon be a landmark.

Weston's new eight-storey Technical College is begining to rise above the surrounding screening and the concrete framework will soon be a landmark.

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The decision Weston had no buildings worthy of preserving made headlines in Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from the February 16 edition in 1968.

Gas Board engineers spent seven hours tracing and repairing a fracture in a four-inch gas main in Langford Road, Weston-super-Mare.Gas Board engineers spent seven hours tracing and repairing a fracture in a four-inch gas main in Langford Road, Weston-super-Mare.

• ‘Dangerously high’ levels of gas were discovered in a Weston-super-Mare street, where there was fracture in a gas main.

Gas board engineers were in Langford Road for seven hours, as the amount of gas was sufficient to cause an explosion, and it had already seeped into the sewers.

Householders were warned not use gas cookers or fires while work was ongoing.

• Sandocross, which involves sports cars racing on the beach, was poised to be the next event heading to Weston – if councillors could agree to get rid of a by-law.

Ads 16th February 1968 Edition.Ads 16th February 1968 Edition.

The law stated vehicles could not travel at more than eight miles per hour on the sand, which would certainly make the racing less of a spectacle.

It was pointed out the hovercraft and horses travelled on the beach at more than eight miles an hour.

• There were no areas or groups of buildings in Weston worthy of preserving, members of Weston Borough Council’s estates and plans committee decided.

Under new legislation, the council could choose parts of the town to preserve as conservation areas.

Enjoying refreshments at Weston Harriers Hunt Ball are Sally Kerry, Jennifer Parker and Linda Brown (seated) with Tony Walker, Elizabeth Burn, Alistair Parker, Nigel Phippen and Ben Parsons.Enjoying refreshments at Weston Harriers Hunt Ball are Sally Kerry, Jennifer Parker and Linda Brown (seated) with Tony Walker, Elizabeth Burn, Alistair Parker, Nigel Phippen and Ben Parsons.

Although Mrs MJ Grey argued without attempting to preserve areas, Weston could become a ‘concrete desert’, the borough council chose not to make any recommendations.

MORE: The history of Weston’s conservation areas.

• Eight weapons had been handed in since a firearms amnesty began.

They included two revolvers, four rifles, a shotgun and a pistol.

Weston's M.P., Mr. David Webster, opening one of the houses on the Page-Johnson Contruction Ltd. development at Yatton. Also pictured are Mrs. Webster, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Maurice Crossman, chairman of Yatton Parish Council.Weston's M.P., Mr. David Webster, opening one of the houses on the Page-Johnson Contruction Ltd. development at Yatton. Also pictured are Mrs. Webster, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Maurice Crossman, chairman of Yatton Parish Council.

• There was a 27 per cent increase in enquiries for Weston’s tourism guidebook coming from overseas.

• A proposal to build a car park on the tennis courts in Grove Park was back on the table.

The plans had been dismissed less than a year earlier.

• The introduction of British Standard Time, where the country would remain on GMT+1 throughout the year, was due to cost Weston ratepayers £2,000.

Gas Board engineers spent seven hours tracing and repairing a fracture in a four-inch gas main in Langford Road, Weston-super-Mare.Gas Board engineers spent seven hours tracing and repairing a fracture in a four-inch gas main in Langford Road, Weston-super-Mare.

It would cover an increase in lighting costs and the labour involved in changing times on the clocks.

• Bristol Aerojet, based in Banwell, unveiled its latest rocket. It was successfully fired into the upper atmosphere in the Outer Hebrides to gather scientific data.

It took two years to build, and was the first UK rocket capable of carrying out scientific research at the required altitudes.

MORE: Last week’s Picture Past.

Ads 16th February 1968 Edition.Ads 16th February 1968 Edition.

Weston's M.P., Mr. David Webster, opening one of the houses on the Page-Johnson Contruction Ltd. development at Yatton. Also pictured are Mrs. Webster, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Maurice Crossman, chairman of Yatton Parish Council.Weston's M.P., Mr. David Webster, opening one of the houses on the Page-Johnson Contruction Ltd. development at Yatton. Also pictured are Mrs. Webster, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and Mr. Maurice Crossman, chairman of Yatton Parish Council.

Weston's new eight-storey Technical College is begining to rise above the surrounding screening and the concrete framework will soon be a landmark.Weston's new eight-storey Technical College is begining to rise above the surrounding screening and the concrete framework will soon be a landmark.

Enjoying refreshments at Weston Harriers Hunt Ball are Sally Kerry, Jennifer Parker and Linda Brown (seated) with Tony Walker, Elizabeth Burn, Alistair Parker, Nigel Phippen and Ben Parsons.Enjoying refreshments at Weston Harriers Hunt Ball are Sally Kerry, Jennifer Parker and Linda Brown (seated) with Tony Walker, Elizabeth Burn, Alistair Parker, Nigel Phippen and Ben Parsons.

"Baubles, bangles and beads"- a scene from the pantomime, Aladdin, which is being presented at the Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar, by the combined staff of Weston General Hospital and St Johns Hospital, Axbridge.

Weston and Bristol University hockey teams before their match.Weston and Bristol University hockey teams before their match.

Cubs of the 1st Weston (YMCA) group chose a hippy theme for the costumes at their annual party.Cubs of the 1st Weston (YMCA) group chose a hippy theme for the costumes at their annual party.

Ads 16th February 1968 Edition.Ads 16th February 1968 Edition.

Ads 16th February 1968 Edition.Ads 16th February 1968 Edition.

Front Page 16th February 1968 Edition.Front Page 16th February 1968 Edition.

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