50 YEARS ago

Extracts from the Barry & District

News of October 29, 1964:

Following criticism at the last meeting of the Barry Public Works and Planning Committee of a £1.5million housing development scheme at Westward Rise, Barry, the South Wales and Monmouthshire Housing Association has submitted a new outline application.

The public inquiry held at the Memorial Hall on Thursday and Friday morning over the proposed closing of Forrest Drive to enable a Butlin Camp to be constructed at Barry Island proved to be a keenly contested fight and it will now be the decision of the Minister of Transport as to whether the road should be closed. His decision is likely to be made public in a short time.

A Barry councillor hit out at a meeting of the Public Works and Planning Committee on Monday against what he described as the “deplorable” condition of roads on a new state at Gibbonsdown.

Only 49 more shopping days to Christmas and on Friday, nine weeks before the event, Father Christmas was installed in a grotto in the toy department of Seccombes, Holton Road.

Children, who can persuade their parents to part with the necessary 2s. 6d., can enter a fairyland for a few minutes wooed by nursery rhymes.

Because of the shortage of Public health inspectors the Barry Health Committee was warned on Monday that it would be in a terrible mess if the town encountered a similar epidemic to the recent typhoid outbreak at Aberdeen.

It was stated that the department had been advertising for months to fill a vacancy and to secure an additional inspector at a cost of nearly £200. There was a national shortage of these officials.

A very successful showing of Art films was presented at St Mary’s Hall, Barry, on Tuesday last by the Welsh Committee of the Arts Council and the British Film Institute sponsored by the Barry Business and Professional Women’s Club.