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At The Museum

21/11/2017 19:30

The Museum, Burlington Street BS23 1PR

Painting & Writing Our Books

19/12/2017 19:30

The Imperial, South Parade BS23 1JN





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

Great Weston Heritage Action Zone

The 2017 Civic Society Awards 

Recognising and rewarding

excellence in Weston architecture

Winners:

The Helicopter Museum Control Tower

Worle Village School Roof

Tamar Court

 

Next Meeting:

At the Museum

with John Cockford-Hawley

A talk and a tour

Tuesday 21st November, 7.30pm

at The Museum

Burlington Street BS23 1PR

 
 
The refurbished Winter Gardens begins to appear

The latest Summer 2017 Weston View is available now!

 

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.

Our Town

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.

Practical Projects

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 headline article related to the decision of Badgerline (now First Group) to close the Bus Station on Beach Road and sell the site for a high rise block of flats (Carlton Mansions). Objection was expressed to Badgerline’s wish to use the Beach Lawns. Locking Road car park was suggested as an alternative.

Plans for the Winter Gardens were discussed with the demolition of the 1960’s extension and replacement with a new single story building relating to the whole building architecturally.  A refurbishment of the Pavilion was suggested. 

20 years ago

The Civic Society proposed to North Somerset Council that a Heritage Strategy should be developed for Weston. 20 years later we now have the Great Weston Heritage Action Zone with the backing of Historic England.  A case was made for local democracy for Weston and in 2000 the Town Council was formed. There was also a major article on “Living in the Future”.

10 years ago

Three Civic Society Awards were made to:

  • St. Saviours Church restoration and conversion to flats;
  • Clifton Mews where the old Whitecross Hall was retained and enhanced with a new wing in matching materials and style;
  • 15 Greenfield Place where there was reconstruction of a damaged balcony, a new front gate set in a reconstructed wall. Hydraulic lime render was applied and new cast iron rainwater goods attached.

A reprint was made of the Weston Woods and Worlebury Camp trail.



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