Blaise Castle folly 'dangerous'
This was the week in 1977 that the people behind the Windmill Hill City Farm finally got the go-ahead for their unique inner city project on derelict land between Bedminster's Whitehouse Lane and Philip Street.
After submitting more details, said the Post, they would be given planning permission for five years. What would happen after this, said the planners, would depend on whether the outer city road junction planned for Totterdown continued through to Windmill Hill itself.
In the event, the road got no further than Lawrence Hill before the finance for continuing it ran out and public opinion turned against it.
Some councillors, however, pointed out that this was an extremely valuable site, which could, in the future, be used for industrial development or housing.
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Others said that, within five years, the farm project, described as "The People's Scheme" would have proved itself – or not.
The City Farm is still going today, although the playground recently closed due to lack of funds.
Things were not going quite so smoothly over at Eastville where residents continued to object to speedway – and a revived Bristol Bulldogs team – coming to the stadium. Temporary permission was given for two seasons, however, after which a court injunction on the grounds of noise and nuisance was the final nail in the speedway coffin.
Things looked bad too for Concorde after US President Carter stated that it had been a "mistake" to grant the supersonic aircraft temporary landing rights in America.
The Port of New York authority and the Governor of New York State still had to make a decision on whether the aircraft, despite major objections over noise and pollution, should be given permanent rights.
British Airways and Air France had started Concorde services in January, 1976, to Bahrain and Rio de Janeiro. Then, in the May, the two airlines began flights to Dulles International Airport in Washington.
In October, 1977, the US Supreme Court overruled a New York Port Authority's ban on the aircraft, and daily trans-Atlantic services began in January, 1978.
At one of Bristol's favourite open spaces, Blaise Castle, the 18th century folly on the hill above the mansion was deemed to be in a dangerously dilapidated state.
The folly's owners, the city council, was negotiating with the Department of the Environment, plus one or two other bodies, to see whether grants were available for the repair of the listed building.