Picture Past: February 16, 1968 – dangerously high levels of gas discovered
PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 February 2018
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.
• ‘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.
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.
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.
• Eight weapons had been handed in since a firearms amnesty began.
They included two revolvers, four rifles, a shotgun and a pistol.
• 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.
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.
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