Picture Past: Council mergers, children crying in the streets, and a case of mistaken identity
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Weston Borough Council said plans to become part of the Bristol-Bath unitary authority would be of ‘no use to Weston.’
The council said the proposed authority would be too big and lacking in cohesion to be effective.
At a special meeting of the borough council it was proposed the authority should instead comprise of a two-tier system comprising of Weston, Burnham, Clevedon, and Portishead, as well as the rural districts of Axbridge and Long Ashton.
During debate Cllr C D Curtis asked if councillors backing the unitary authority plans if they would be happy for the town to be represented by two-and-a-half people sitting in Bristol.
Cllr Curtis said: "The local councils envisaged by the report are not the slightest use to Weston."
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n Holidaymakers visiting Weston complained to the bus company after having to wait more than half an hour for a bus.
At a meeting of the Weston and District Rate Payers Association Jack Rowley said parents with children had to wait upwards of 40 minutes on certain routes into town in the evening.
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He said: "Holidaymakers here with children have to wait about at bus stops with children crying, for that time.
"They even have to take buses off the Weston routes to take day-trippers back to Bristol buses cannot come back fetch them."
n A Highbridge man was fined for assault after he mistakenly punched a bystander he believed to be a driver who had almost hit the defendant with his mini, while he was crossing the road a week earlier.
Burnham magistrates heard how the defendant had approached his victim in the street and accused him of nearly hitting him with his car a week earlier.
After the victim denied this, the defendant punched him in the face, breaking his glasses and cutting his nose.
In a statement the defendant said: "I acted without thinking and put one on him.
Inspector J Chalmers, prosecuting, said: "This was a case of mistaken identity and not a provoked assault."
The defendant was fined £30 and ordered to pay £5 costs.