The Council that came back from extinction


In 1974, Weston-super-Mare Borough Council was abolished as part of local government reorganisation; but it was refounded as Weston Town Council at the time of the Milennium to continue its role of providing services to this large seaside resort. 

Based on its precept (the amount received from council tax payers to fund its operations) it is one of the largest lower-tier authorities in Engand.

After a decline in the popularity of traditional English seaside holidays in the 1980s, in the wake of cheap(er) package tours to sunnier destinations, Weston-super-Mare has reinvented itself. 

The remarkable marketing coup by North Somerset District Council of Banksy's Dismaland event in the former Tropicana, put the resort firmly back on the map, as did the rebuilding of the iconic Grand Pier after being destroyed by fire.