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The Bristol Tree Forum

20/11/2018 19:30

At the MUSEUM, 7 for 7.30. Arrive early - coffee, teas, wine, beer in Clara’s Cafe.

The Annual Awards Presentation

04/12/2018 19:30

At the MUSEUM, 7 for 7.30. Arrive early - coffee, teas, wine, beer in Clara’s Cafe.

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 latest Summer 2018 Weston View is available now!

The 2017 Civic Society Awards 

Recognising and rewarding

excellence in Weston architecture


The Helicopter Museum Control Tower

Worle Village School Roof

Tamar Court


Our Next Meeting:

The Listed Buildings of Worle and
10 Years of Worle History Society

With Raye Green

16 October  2018

At the MUSEUM, 7 for 7.30.

Arrive early - coffee, teas, wine, beer in Clara’s Cafe.



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?

With the current review of the Conservation Areas taking part under the Historic England Heritage Action Zone it is interesting to see that over the last three decades this topic is covered.

30 years ago  

Following widespread public protest after the demolition of 23 Montpelier the plans for a conservation area for the Boulevard and Montpelier was reported.  Plans for the Town Quarry were announced after the signing a 15 year leases with Woodspring Council. The end of the Manpower Service Commission’s Community Programme was reported and a resume of the work done under the sponsorship of the Civic Society. 

20 years ago

The public consultation on a Beach Lawns Conservation Area was reported. The restoration of the Dr Fox building on Knightstone Island was welcomed. The Agenda 21 agreed at the Rio Earth Summit was reviewed in relation to the Local Agenda 21 in North Somerset. The background to the area known as the “Town Square” was explained. The state of Sand Bay was described.

10 years ago

The main headline was Conservation in Crisis and reported the English Heritage list of areas under threat. There was a whinge over T4 on the Beach. Possible uses for the Tropicana for outdoor entertainment, the situation at Birnbeck Pier and view Weston from the air were examined.  The announcement of electrification of the GWR to Swansea led to a review of the history of the railway effecting Weston.

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