Picture Past: September 10, 1965
PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 September 2015
PLANT-LOVING pigeons were causing problems in Weston in 1965, while councillors were deciding whether to add fluoride to the water supply.
These stories made front page news in the September 10 edition of the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald.
■ Pigeons were causing havoc yet again. Earlier in 1965, a councillor suggested giving them birth control pills to control the population. But the birds continued to cause problems, this time ‘rapidly destroying’ a floral clock in Alexandra Parade. They were eating the bedding plants so quickly, stocks were exhausted at the garden centres used by Weston Borough Council.
■ The council’s health committee voted in favour of adding fluoride to the water supplies, two years after opposing it. Councillor CD Curtis argued against the plan, and said no one should tamper with the water supplies, but the Ministry for Health said it would not cause any issues.
■ Protests were launched in opposition to plans to re-open a quarry below Crook Peak and near the Webbington Hotel. Somerset Archaeological Society argued it would destroy rare wild plants on the hillside.
■ New light was due to be shed on unique records about Axbridge, some of which dated back to the 13th century. The documents, which had been stored away for hundreds of years, had been catalogued and translated from Latin. The contents were soon to be revealed.
■ Ian Brown, a yachtsman from Weston, was preparing to take part in two national championships to try to get a spot on the Olympics team.