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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

The latest Winter 2017 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:

Parking Services and Civil Enforcement

Allan Taylor

North Somerset Council

Parking Services Manager

Tuesday 19 June 2018 19:30

The Old Town Quarry, South Road BS23 2LS



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 was “END OF AN ERA”.  It reflected on the tide of mass trippers was ebbing away and reviewed the changes which were occuring and was taking stock of the situation. It reflected on the need for more facilities for residents. There was concern over the type of planning applications which were being approved especially the demolition of Victorian buildings and replacement with modern packed on to the same site.The perennial  debate over the Severn Barrage was aired.

20 years ago

An article reviewed the work of the Town Centre Steering Group on which the Civic Society was represented. It bears a remarkable likeness to the current plans and implementation of the current Town Centre Regeneration.  There was an interesting article about W. J Bradman who in the 1920s operated using an amateur transmitting station the forerunner of a local radio station..

10 years ago

The lead topic was on Renewable Energy and again the subject of the Severn Barrage was raised. There was an article headed A Square Deal which was prompted by talk of building on the Town Square.  It is interesting that the new Italian Gardens is similar in concept to the plans advocated by the Civic Society when the Sovereign Centre was being built in the early 1990s.

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

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