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
Transport & Travel Issues in Weston
with Steve Thorne
Strategic Transport Policy & Development Manager
North Somerset Council
Tuesday 28th March, 7.30pm at The Blakehay
The latest 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.
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 main story was about British Rail’s plans to demolish much of Weston’s station and concerns over the future of the town’s railway link. The planning permission for what is now the Sovereign Centre had just been approved and the headline was THE DEAD HEART OF WESTON. The threat of Badgerline pulling out of the Bus Station, concerns over the Grand Atlantic and structural worries over Dolphin Square made depressing reading. The edition also included the annual report.
20 years ago
The headline item was on the how the then government estimate of a requirement of 4.4 million homes by 2016 was to be met. The theme was use of brown field sites and town centre regeneration. (Nothing changes!). News was given of the North Somerset Council’s invitation to individuals and organisations to form a partnership to pursue action for the Town Centre regeneration. (20 years later things are starting to happen!). The edition also include the winners of the Civic Society Annual Awards.
10 years ago
The lead article was on the saving of the Church of St. Saviour in Locking Road with its conversion into 13 flats and maisonettes. News was announced for the prospect of the redevelopment of Dolphin Square. The edition also include a reprint of the trail around the Boulevard and Montpelier. This is available on this website.