The Weston-super-Mare Civic Society, set up in 1973, aims to preserve and develop the best in the town and district. It believes that change should be guided to serve the community’s interests, with new development of high quality and in keeping with the local character
The society believes that local planning should promote sustainable development
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The Work of the Society
A regular part of our work is to monitor planning applications and respond to public consultations on the Local and Structure Plans. We aim to support development that will enhance the character and prosperity of the town.
The Civic Society successfully opposed plans for major development on the Italian Gardens in High Street and proposals to demolish the Old General Hospital in the Boulevard. We maintain a general interest in the street scene, the design of new buildings, conservation areas, the traffic system and local amenities.
The Society has produced a range of publications designed to celebrate the heritage of the town and the surrounding countryside.
We have supported many local initiatives including the establishment of the Blakehay Arts Centre.
WESTON-SUPER-MARE first began to attract visitors over 200 years ago. During the Victorian period it grew into a town of quality and character. We have a fine heritage of handsome buildings, parks and gardens, as attractive coastline, and beautiful countryside. There is much of interest and value to protect.
The society undertakes practical projects in the town. We have planted hundreds of tress, built walls and pillars and installed railings at Grove Park; repaired park shelters, converted the old windmill tower at Uphill into an observatory.
For over 20 years the Society ran a Heritage Centre in a converted building in Wadham Street.
What was the Society Saying in the Past?
30 years ago the Weston Local Plan was completing its public consultation. The Society was promoting the need for a Design Guide for new buidings with examples given on materials etc. News was given of plans for a new buffet for Weston station. Ideas were expressed about the redevelopment of Knightstone Island and rejecting housing development..
20 years ago the lead story was the North Somerset Countryside Strategy. The proposed plans for Weston College were examined and the Annual Award winners were featured.
10 years ago the changes to the northern part of the High Street to create Grove Village were reviewed. Concerns were expressed over possible changes to the sea front for flood defences. Whereas the changes to the entrance to the Grand Pier were welcomed.