Picture Past: June 26, 1964
PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 July 2014
MOTORISTS were being urged to take more care on the road this week in 1964, after more than 1,200 people had been killed or injured in accidents.
This was just one of the stories reported on by the June 26 edition of the Weston Mercury & Somersetshire Herald:
*The Chief Constable of Somerset was appealing to people to use extra care on the roads to reduce the accident and fatality rates. By the end of May, 2,793 accidents had occurred in Somerset, with 1,260 people killed or injured.
* A sub-officer in charge of Banwell’s volunteer fire brigade was concerned a historic hand-drawn fire engine had gone missing. The engine had been loaned to Weston Museum 16 years earlier, but it was now in storage. Mr FT Yarde said it should be given back to Banwell if it were no longer on display.
* Weston Borough Council gave the final green light to the redevelopment of the Carlton Street and Oxford Street area. But even at this late stage in the planning process, councillors still had doubts about the plans. Cllr JH Johns said the Weston Chamber of Trade was very concerned that building 60-70 new shops would be an unwise move. He said it could turn out to be ‘Weston’s folly’.
* Burnham was to have a new £17,000 pool. The Urban District Council agreed it would be constructed as soon as possible. It would be open-air and unheated, and based at The Hall where the youth club was currently based.
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