Councillors get the blues

STYLE conscious councillors in Portishead are demanding four new bus shelters in the town are replaced - because they are the wrong colour

STYLE conscious councillors in Portishead are demanding four new bus shelters in the town are replaced - because they are the wrong colour.The new shelters - costing £4,000 - were ordered by North Somerset Council and put up at Harbour Road and Phoenix Way. But town councillors were furious after discovering the shelters were the wrong colour blue.Throughout the town, planters, bins and other bus shelters are all painted 'Portishead Blue'.But it seems that a slip of the pen when ordering the new ones has meant they are a lighter, sky blue.And despite complaints, North Somerset Council is refusing to replace them, claiming it cannot afford another £4,000 to change them.Portishead Councillor John H Clark said the authority, which funded the shelters as part of its local transport plan, should correct its error.Cllr Clark said: "The shelters are the wrong colour, that's a fact and people have to accept responsibility for their mistakes."It is very annoying and where I don't want to see money wasted, I want to see this put right - it is a matter of principle."By letting it go and saying it doesn't matter, we would be setting a dangerous precedent for the future."North Somerset Council would think it was acceptable to allow other mistakes to slip through."Portishead and North Weston Town Council has now written to North Somerset Council demanding the shelters are replaced.North Somerset Council spokesman Nick Yates said: "There are no current plans to change the shelters."There was an error in the four digit code which is used for the paint."Although the shelters are slightly the wrong colour, they have been placed where there were none before, providing shelter for those who use public transport.


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