PICTURE PAST: March 7, 1969 – Grass disappearing from Beach Lawns
- Credit: Archant
Night-time football matches were badly damaging the turf at Weston’s Beach Lawns. The story appeared in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago.
Doctors in Yatton were ‘stretched to the limit’ as patients were asked to think twice before calling their practitioners.
There were two doctors in Yatton – which was considered to be one of the fastest growing villages in the country – one of whom had only one and a half days off in a month.
The Somerset Health Executive was asked if it would consider a third partner coming to the Yatton practice.
But the executive said there were no doctors available and the two GPs would have to accept any new patient who came along.
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– Council house tenants who did not pay their rent were at risk of finding bailiffs on their door-step.
The idea arose from a meeting of the Weston Borough Council’s housing committee who discussed the eviction of two tenants.
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It was proposed bailiffs should claim furniture from the homes in order to recuperate the payments.
The plans meant furniture would be taken away for five days in order to give the tenant a chance to pay all or part of the money owed.
– More than 90 per cent of residents in Bleadon opposed plans to extend the South Hill Quarry.
Bleadon Parish Council chairman K Bennett said: “We interviewed something like 690 parishioners and, out of them, only 33 were in favour of the extension.
“About 20 said they were not interested and six were neutral.”
– Kewstoke villagers formed a committee to organise protests at the lack of a main sewage system in the parish.
Around 50 people attended a protest meeting in the village to organise effective action to fight for a scheme which had been considered for more than 20 years.
Plans for an inland disposal works were with the Ministry but were not being considered until acquisition of land had been completed.
– Weston Borough Council’s parks committee had been warned grass was disappearing on the Beach Lawns.
Good street lighting meant young men were able to play football at night and it was resulting in the turf being destroyed.
The committee was told the cost to repair the turf would be very high.
It was suggested lighting be installed on the seafront so footballers could play on the sand.