Picture Past: May 12, 1967 - Dual carriageway announced
PUBLISHED: 17:33 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:49 17 May 2017
A new dual carriageway was announced 50 years ago, and reported in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald. Here is the news from the May 12 edition, in 1967.
A £1million dual carriageway to link the proposed M5 from St Georges to Weston-super-Mare’s town centre was announced by the Government as part of its traffic plan for the 1970s. The transport minister pledged £30million for the South West in total.
* Weston Borough Council was going to press ahead with an objection to a rise in bus fares, despite the surrounding councils choosing not to contest the issue.
One Weston councillor thought the rise would mean it would be cheaper for a family to take a taxi than to get a bus.
Another said there had been too many fare increases in recent years, and people were getting into a position where they could not afford it at all.
The issue would be put before the Traffic Commissioner.
* Parish council elections were held, and presented an unusual problem.
In Weare, which had seven councillors, four of them had the same surname, Ham.
And in Wedmore, three men and one woman were called Duckett, out of 15 councillors in total.
* A Birmingham engineering firm planned to open a factory on the Oldmixon estate, creating 50 new jobs.
* Just 17 grains of cannabis was enough to be sniffed out by a police dog in one Somerset village.
* The Somerset County Federation of Young Farmers Clubs hosted a rally in Langford.
It drew a crowd of more than 1,500 people, who also watched the Wurzels perform.
* A Weston lifebelt was discovered on the other side of the Bristol Channel. No-one knew how it had come to be washed up there.