Picture Past: March 15, 1968 – Weston reaches saturation point for amusement arcades
PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 March 2018
An experiment gone wrong and a parish council being told off over its lack of signs made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from March 15.
• An experiment was carried out at a quarry, with destructive results.
A new method of quarrying was said to reduce noise and dust.
It was tested at the quarry in Bleadon, but things did not go so well as it destroyed one of the nearby footpaths.
• Weston was probably reaching saturation point with its number of amusement arcades.
Weston Borough Council had just approved a new one for Dolphin Square to be built in two shops under the bowling alley.
But the estates and plans committee was wondering whether to call it back in for further discussion.
• When Weston’s airport was built in 1938, residents thought it would be the start of an exciting new project, the Mercury reported.
But there was a suggestion the council should buy the land and use it for housing instead, since the airport near Bristol was becoming more popular.
The position of Weston’s airport was causing the town to grow in an awkward shape. But it was still well used – only that week, a large freighter aircraft had flown from Weston to Scotland, before continuing to Canada.
• Since the introduction of breath tests to check for alcohol levels in October 1967, there had been a reduction in the number of road accidents in Somerset.
Although it was not possible to directly attribute all the figures to the breath tests, 42 fewer accidents had been reported compared to the same period the previous year.
Between 10pm and midnight, there were 140 accidents, down by 57. It was the lowest number since 1959.
• Blagdon Parish Council was asked to co-operate with the rest of the Axbridge Rural District area by clearly signposting streets and lanes in the village.
It was one of the last villages not to have street signs.
• A by-law was in place on the beach in Weston to stop vehicles travelling at more than eight miles per hour on the sand.
The borough council had hoped to offer dispensation to a Sandocross event, but it was told by the Home Office it had to scrap the law completely, rather than make an exception.
• There was overwhelming support in Shipham for a new school to be built there. The current one was said to be in poor condition.