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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

Next Meeting:

The 2017 Civic Society Awards Evening 

Monday 25th September, 7.30pm
at The College Conference Centre
Lower Church Road  BS23 2AL
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  

A major article “Ever Forward” reviewed the widespread concern about the town’s economy. The loss of community identity was highlighted due to the expansion of the town and local government reorganisation. The decline in the English seaside in general was explained. In trying to rise to this challenge the emphasis was for improvements as a seaside resort. Now it is recognised under the Town Centre Regeneration Project that the approach has to make it more attractive for residents as well.

20 years ago

There were two main stories covered. The government estimate for 2016 of the need for 23% more housing sock. Although emphasis was placed on the use of brownfield sites concern was raised over loss of green fields. Nearer home there was an article on the Town centre vitality. It was considered good news that North Somerset Council were setting up a partnership with invited individuals and organisations, including the civic society, to pursue regeneration. There was major concerns over the likely impact of the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre which was being built. Twenty years later the concern is the potential expansion of Cribbs!

10 years ago

The lead stories was split between three items.  Firstly (RED) related to a comment on a planning application which was to convert offices to form a restaurant (Bottelinos), office and 14 flats. This included the construction of two storey east side extension (part below existing ground level) and a single storey rear extension. The application wen to appeal and was refused on the basis of lack of section 106 payments. Secondly (BLUE) was a revised plan for the redevelopment of the Dorville Hotel. This subsequently went to appeal and was refused on insufficient affordable housing. Thirdly praise was given to the repainting of the fountain near the Grand Pier entrance.



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