Evelyn’s bus shelter wait is almost over

Rothbury bus shelter petition including Evelyn Wood
Rothbury bus shelter petition including Evelyn Wood

A PENSIONER’S quest to build a bus shelter to protect Rothbury residents from the elements is halfway to becoming a reality.

Evelyn Wood, 83, launched a petition earlier this year to get a shelter for villagers who have to wait for public transport in all weathers.

She sent more than 200 signatures to the parish and county council but thought her idea was dead in the water.

However, last week County Coun Steven Bridgett told Rothbury Parish Council that there were four hurdles to overcome before the plan could be put into action.

And, to the delight of Mrs Wood, two of those have been jumped.

Coun Bridgett said: “We have got round the highways problems and we are investigating what materials would be used for it. We are also hoping to make some sort of notice board for it.

“One of the main hurdles is who pays for it. I am happy to meet half of the initial cost of it so the other half and further maintenance is needed.”

Mrs Wood was delighted when she heard the news.

“I think this is absolutely the best news I could hear,” she said.

“I am so happy about it. I thought I had lost the battle, I honestly thought it was finished.

“When I think about it, it wasn’t me that got it, it was the people.

“If they hadn’t signed the petition we wouldn’t have got anywhere.”

The final hurdle is to confirm the location of the shelter. It is hoped it will be within easy access for most residents who use it.