What would YOU change about Weston for 2013?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 January 2013

This was the sorry scene in Clarence Park last week. Should park maintenance be a priority for the year ahead?

This was the sorry scene in Clarence Park last week. Should park maintenance be a priority for the year ahead?


GIVEN a magic wand, what is the one thing you would change about Weston going into 2013?

This intriguing question was posed by Tony P, a regular contributor to the Mercury’s partner website Streetlife.

The site is a local forum for people to share their views, wish-lists, recommendations and experiences of Weston life.

And the question of what differences we would like to see in Weston this year threw up a range of interesting suggestions – and here is a taste.

“Stricter control of dogs... I am not a pet lover so may well be criticised for intolerance on this, but it IS dreadful to have to constantly try and avoid dog mess or being jumped up on with muddy paws. Get a grip owners!” Pete M

“A decision to be made on the Tropicana? I would hate to see it knocked down. However I do feel that the Council need to look at the wider picture. Once it was up and running it would bring so many more visitors into our lovely town.” Veronica B

“Mixed use on the high street, instead of shops only. High streets across Britain are struggling to cope with competition from the internet and out-of-town shopping centres. It’s time they moved on and why not lead the way by diversifying in Weston.” Kenneth E

“Force shop landlords to keep up the maintenance on the outside of their properties. The old Grand Central in the centre of Weston is an absolute eyesore, as are some of the other buildings along the seafront.” Rhodie

“I would make a rule that says that the local press has to print one (equally sized) good news article for every bad news article published.” MeMarkyB

“Grove Park, Ashcombe Park, Clarence Park (and all others) should be maintained to the ‘old fashioned’ high standard. Keeping these parks attractive is another benefit for resident and tourists.” Alan F

“Birnbeck Pier could be a magnet for people of all ages who had an interest in creative arts. Potters, silversmiths, glass engravers, musical instrument makers - what a joy if they coud be accomodated on the pier. Good tea and coffee, some live music, craft shops and all year round activities and culture in one fantastic vibrant place. Magical.” Cazinzumerzet

“How about reintroducing Electric Trams back to Weston? They stopped in 1937 (replaced by buses). Promenade - Royal Sands to Old Pier initially, then into Town/Station/Airfield/Worle and further?” Paul C

Got some opinions of your own to share? Join the conversation at www.streetlife.com

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