Picture Past: June 28, 1968
PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 June 2018
Bedraggled tourists were not very happy when they arrived at a new car park for coaches 50 years ago. Here is the news from the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald in June 1968.
• A new Weston car park for coaches came in for a lot of criticism from visitors.
Hundreds of coach passengers arrived in torrential rain at the Locking Road car park after a half-mile walk from the seafront.
They reportedly made for a ‘bedraggled sight’ as they complained about the lack of shelter and toilets.
The need for adequate toilets had already been stressed, but as the scheme would cost £10,000, it was not expected for the summer season.
• Weston borough councillors recommended it provide £1,500 towards the National Trust’s £30,000 appeal to buy Woodspring Priory.
• If parking on the main road through Winscombe was banned, the centre of the village would become a race track as there would be nothing to slow vehicles down, traders told the parish council.
They also said the parking ban, by using double-yellow lines, would hurt trade.
• Banwell Parish Council vowed to press on with its fight for a bypass.
It received a letter from the Ministry of Transport to say the relief road was not a high priority, but the council decided to keep pressing the issue, regardless.
• The number of applications for Weston’s tourism guidebook had already reached 40,826.
This was compared to 45,414 for the whole year in 1967 and 40,099 in 1966.
• A charge was being considered for the car park at Dolphin Square, which was free to use except at weekends.
• A former Weston grammar school pupil was selected to play a Test match for Ghana.
Richard Shaw moved to live in Weston with his parents when he was a child, and played for Uphill Castle Cricket Club and once for the Somerset 2nd XI.
He played a three-day Test against Nigeria, taking 2-39 in the first innings and 5-65 in the second. Nigeria won the match, however.
• Conditions at Weston Railway Station had slumped to a ‘pathetically slow standard’, it was stated at a borough council meeting.
British Rail came under fire for its decision to close one of the platform entrances, particularly when elderly people found the bridge hard to use and there was no date set on when a new one would be built.