Railway station could be home for old bus station clock

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 August 2014

Sea Front Clock being taken down.

Sea Front Clock being taken down.

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A RECOGNISABLE Weston clock which went into storage five years ago should be restored to a prominent position in the town.

That is the view of a group which is aiming to lobby North Somerset Council to have the lost timepiece re-sited somewhere in the town.

The old bus station clock was taken down from its position on the Beach Lawns in 2009 when the seafront was redeveloped.

It has been in storage ever since, but the Weston Then And Now group on Facebook is hoping to bring the matter back to people’s attention.

Group moderator Chris Fisher, who first suggested the idea, said: “It’s not major, but it is something we can get together and work on.

“The normal response is that 
no-one will do anything so what’s the point?

“It’s a topic which has cropped up quite often, and of historical interest, so I thought why not try to do something about it?

“We don’t know if it would need money spent on it now or if it’s still in working condition but hopefully we can get enough together to lobby the council and have it put back on display.”

A council spokesman said a possible site would be the railway station if the area was enhanced.

She said: “A long-term position is still being determined, and as yet a suitable site has not been identified.”

Councillor Elfan Ap-Rees said the clock was not of historical significance as it had replica faces.

He said: “We have been looking at ways we might enhance the approach to the town centre past the railway station now for several years, recognising that the views for passengers arriving by rail are not the best and that the forecourt area and pedestrian linkages could be improved.

“While there are no firm plans 
at present as the funding is not available and we would need to work with the rail landowner, we do see this as a possible eventual home for the clock as an ornamental centrepiece.”

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