Victory in bus shelter campaign

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 January 2012

The new shelter.

The new shelter.

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bus passengers who complained about a shelter being replaced by one without seats have had reason to celebrate this week.

Users of a bus stop near Lark Road in Mead Vale, Worle, were angry when a seat and sheltering panels were removed from it by North Somerset Council because of the threat of vandalism.

Janet Laity, a user of the shelter, said: “A lot of elderly people use the stop to get into the town centre and many of them can’t walk very far without needing a rest.”

But the council has now confirmed it will reinstall the seat and shelter panels after the criticism.

A spokesman said: “It was becoming a focal point for youngsters to congregate in the evenings, so we decided to replace it with one that was not enclosed and did not have seating.

“We have now had calls from some bus passengers saying that the new shelter is not adequate for their needs so we are now going to install some side panels and basic seating as a compromise.”

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