COMMITTED parish councillors have taken action at a problem bus shelter, following complaints from a concerned resident who branded it a haunt for anti-social behaviour and claimed it was causing damage to her property.
But while Nicola Wimbush is pleased that work has been carried out at the South Broomhill structure, having voiced her frustration about it last month, she believes that the shelter, which is next to her home, will still be used as a teenage ‘den’ and has renewed her calls for it to be redesigned.
The mother-of-three wrote to East Chevington Parish Council to say that the Hadston Road shelter, which is enclosed on three sides, was often plagued by graffiti, stank of stale urine and was in a bad state of repair.
She also complained that, because the structure was so close to her home, she had a view of a brick wall and rain water was running off its roof and coming into her property.
She called on the parish council to take action and even asked if members would change its design, replacing it with a transparent, open-style shelter, or even grant permission to remove it.
Following her complaints, parish council chairman Scott Dickinson said that work had been done to try to address her concerns, including the installation of guttering, repair of roof tiles and repainting.
Although the work has pleased Mrs Wimbush, 40, she feels that more needs to be done, claiming that its closed-in style will continue to attract anti-social behaviour.
“I am very pleased they put guttering up and I am pleased they have spruced the shelter up a bit,” she said.
“Anything is good and I am happy that they have given it consideration and tried to do something, but really, ideally, I would have wanted it changed to a different style of shelter. It hasn’t solved the problem of it being a den, unfortunately, or of having a brick wall outside my window. But something is better than nothing.”
Mrs Wimbush has lived at her home for two years and claimed that the previous occupants of the property – which she said was turned into residential use about 10 years ago – had tried to get planning permission to remove the shelter but were refused.
She added that if she won the lottery, one of the first things she would do would be to donate money to the parish council in a bid to get the shelter replaced.
In reply, Coun Dickinson said: “I am pleased with the reaction of the council and we have tried to address the problems which she raised and rectify the situation the best way we can.
“The bus shelter will not be removed and she can’t have permission to remove it herself. The shelter is very well used.”
He said that changing the design would not necessarily stop anti-social behaviour as transparent-style shelters elsewhere in the parish had been subject to vandalism.