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 Old Town Quarry
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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 complaints were made about the changes in design, to what we now know as the Sovereign Centre, from a more traditional one to more like we eventually got. There was news of proposals for the Civic Society to take over the Old Town Quarry as a tourist attraction including the creation of craft workshops. (A lease was finally signed in June 2001. News as also given of the opening in May 1986 of both the Heritage Centre and the Blakehay saved by the Civic Society and Weston-super-Mare Trust respectively. An interesting article was written about the town's Parks and Gardens.
20 years ago there was comprehensive review of the tree planting that the Society has been involved with since ite earliest days. There was a strong plea for more recyling and a reduction in the use of land fill sites. This is an area where there has been improvement in the last 20 years!. An advice note from Bristol City Planning Dept. was highlighted on how to deal with the increasing use of front garden parrking and minimise the devastation to many of our streest by this change which is an even greater problem now in 2016. The Weston Revel was relaunched to celebrate the 10th anniversry of the Heritage Centre (now the Badger Centre) in Wadham Street..
10 years ago there was an article on the installation in the Alexandra Parade gardens, opposite Tesco, of the little locomotive model of the North Star as part of the Brunel 200 celebrations. There was concern over the changes to the "intrusive clutter" at the junction of Meadow Street and Orchard Street and reference made to experiments in London to remove street furniture and encouragement of shared space between vechiles and pedestrians. A example of which has been succesfully introduced in Westton in recent years.