Fed-up OAP Evelyn takes on the county

Evelyn Wood with her petition and friends who all want a bus shelter in Rothbury. L-r Maxine Cummings, Ethel Cook, Brenda Vowles, Evelyn Wood, Violet Milburn, Mary Carr, Margaret Chandler, Elsie Stewart, David Cummings, Sheila Richardson and Shirley Scott.
Evelyn Wood with her petition and friends who all want a bus shelter in Rothbury. L-r Maxine Cummings, Ethel Cook, Brenda Vowles, Evelyn Wood, Violet Milburn, Mary Carr, Margaret Chandler, Elsie Stewart, David Cummings, Sheila Richardson and Shirley Scott.

A PENSIONER has launched a campaign to get a bus shelter in her village after years of standing in the wind and rain.

Evelyn Wood uses public transport in Rothbury on a regular basis to go shopping and to get around.

But the 83-year-old is tired of having no shelter to stand under when waiting for the bus and has decided to take matters into her own hands.

Mrs Wood, of Addycome Gardens, launched a petition in Rothbury, leaving sheets for people to sign at the Post Office and Rogerson’s shoe shop, as well as asking people on the street to put their name on the list.

And so far she has got around 150 signatures.

“In the winter I thought I would have a day in town and I was stood waiting for the bus and it was freezing,” she said.

“People get on the bus freezing cold or soaking wet and they have to sit in that.

“I just thought I have got to try to do something about it.

“There are bus shelters in every place from Alwinton all the way to Newcastle, but not in Rothbury.”

Mrs Wood wrote to Rothbury Parish Council to ask for a shelter to be put at the bottom of Brewery Lane near to Greenwell Bakery. But there are car parking spaces in front of the shop which could be lost.

But Mrs Wood said: “There are cars all over this village and four mini car parks, and some of those aren’t used.

“People pay nothing to park in this village. The locals can’t get parked because people will come in the morning get their boots on and go off for the day.

“Why can’t people use the car park over the bridge and give us a bus shelter.”

She added that elderly people who use the bus stand in all weathers at the stop outside the Queen’s Head Hotel.

“None of us have cars, so we rely on the bus to get around,” she said.

“All we want is a roof to stand under. We’re not bothered about seats. The bus is a necessity round here, no-one wants to listen to us.

“Some say that having a bus shelter outside Greenwell’s would be dangerous but it is no more dangerous than where the bus stop is at the moment.

“There is a monstrosity near the river, which looks like a bus shelter, and was put there for the youngsters. They even have a light in that.

“They can do it for the younger ones but nothing for the older people.

“I am hoping that they will take some notice. If not, I won’t stop.

“The Government want us to use public transport but why should we have to get wet to do so?”

Mrs Wood is sending her petition and a covering letter to Northumberland County Council’s Highways Policy Team.

County councillor for Rothbury and Coquetdale, Steven Bridgett, said: “Rothbury is a major settlement and it should have a bus shelter.

“But there are two main obstacles, the first is the cost and the other is the positioning of it.

“If we can overcome these two obstacles there is no reason why we shouldn’t have one.

“And I will do whatever I canto try to provide one, particularly for the elderly members of the community.”