Shamed by 87-year-old’s bus station litter-pick

Sheila Simpson tidying the bus station. The picture was taken after she had already picked up a heap of rubbish.

Sheila Simpson tidying the bus station. The picture was taken after she had already picked up a heap of rubbish.

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Disgusted and shocked – this 87-year-old holidaymaker carried out an impromptu litterpick after being horrified at the state of Alnwick’s rubbish-strewn bus station.

Pensioner Sheila Simpson decided to take matters into her own hands and give the terminus a spring clean while she was waiting for a bus to Bamburgh on Sunday morning.

The grandmother of two picked up a heap of debris, from bottles to food packages – and put the litter in the bins provided just metres away!

Sheila, who is on a week’s holiday from Staffordshire visiting her older sister Connie in Shilbottle, couldn’t believe her eyes at the sorry state of the station.

And it is yet another reminder of the problems at the terminus, which seems to be an all-too-frequent haunt for litter louts. In May, the Gazette featured a picture of rubbish thrown all over the floor on a Tuesday evening, which was taken and sent to us by a shocked passer-by.

Sheila, who is in the area until tomorrow with her daughter Ruth Alison Simpson, said: “I was very disappointed to see the state of the bus station. We were waiting for the 11.11am bus and I was shocked at what I saw. It was a rubbish tip and you couldn’t walk without standing on some liter. I love Alnwick and there is no litter anywhere else in the town, apart from at the bus station. It lets the town down. I don’t want to see it like that again.”

The station is owned by Morrisons and operated by Arriva. Nick Knox, of Arriva North East, said: “We employ a cleaning contractor to clean this bus station on a daily basis. It is disappointing that some people do not use the bins provided and we would encourage all people to do so.”

A Morrisons spokeswoman said the company did not feel it could make a comment in this instance.

In 2010, the Gazette ran a campaign, entitled Fix It, which called for an upgrade of the terminus. Some cosmetic work was subsequently carried out.