Weston-super-Mare’s Picture Past: Nostalgic pictures from June 2, 1967
PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 June 2017
A street light referendum and a disappearing island made headlines in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago. Here is the news from that week.
* There were concerns an island off Burnham was disappearing due to erosion.
Burnham Urban District Council decided to call in the Somerset River Authority and Nature Conservancy because of concerns over Steart Island.
At high tide, the island looked like three smaller islands, when it used to look like two.
* Students who attended evening classes were facing a 15 per cent increase in fees.
Somerset County Council was going to lose £10,000 of its budget for evening classes, and said the rise in fees was necessary so they could keep going.
* The Government’s Department of Education and Science authorised £646,634 be spent on the second instalment on Weston Technical College’s new building.
* Hutton residents voted in a referendum for street lights not to be turned on. There was a 32 per cent turnout, in which 65 people voted in favour of lights, and 109 were against it. One person spoiled their ballot paper.
A similar vote had taken place in Congresbury the year before, in which people were in favour of the street lights.
* Bank holiday traffic in Weston set another record. On the Monday, 90,000 visitors made their way into the town, with 1,800 vehicles arriving every hour.
* Around 20 years of ‘strife’ over the difference in opinion on how a village hall should be extended had to come to an end, a parish councillor declared.
There had been disagreement over the Memorial Hall, in Churchill for decades. One councillor said they had to ‘build for the future’ but for 20 years there had been nothing but sections of the community ‘fighting and warring with each other’.
* Anxious eyes were turning to the skies in Cheddar, as it was a critical time for the 400 strawberry growers around Axbridge, Draycott and Cheddar. There had been a set-back as wet weather had introduced strawberry rot.
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