Poll: Miami style perfect for Weston?

Glass panels could make the area brighter - but do you like the idea?

Glass panels could make the area brighter - but do you like the idea? - Credit: Sub

MIAMI is famous for its blue seas, sunshine and brightly-coloured art deco buildings – so could it provide the perfect inspiration for Weston?

Do you like the difference a lick of paint makes in Walliscote Road?

Do you like the difference a lick of paint makes in Walliscote Road? - Credit: Sub

North Somerset Council is developing a ‘radical re-think’ of the town centre, with retail, leisure and housing all expected to feature in a revamp.

But perhaps the answer is simply a lick of paint.

These pictures were put together by town and district councillor John Crockford-Hawley to demonstrate what difference a bit of colour could make to Weston.

The colourings reflect an art deco style commonly found along the Miami coastline in America.

Big Lamp Corner could like this if a bit of colour was added.

Big Lamp Corner could like this if a bit of colour was added. - Credit: SUb

Cllr Crockford-Hawley said: “I believe even something as simple as a lick of paint could work wonders.

“What had been a terrible bit of brutalism in Weston College was transformed with a softening of lines and paint.

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“The centre shops, which are part of the Odeon art deco crescent, are in a terrible state and yet could be so easily transformed with paint and replacement canopy glass.

“Just like Miami – minus the sunshine.

“Having said this about paint, I do draw the line at people painting stonework – not recommended since it adds to deterioration and once applied it needs constant re-painting.

“Leave stone to be its natural colour but paint concrete.”

The pictures have been shown to some council officers, as Cllr Crockford-Hawley sits on the working party looking into town centre regeneration.

* What do you think of these ideas for the town centre? Do you have any thoughts on what else could bring more life into Weston?

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