More delays for bus shelter repair

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FURTHER delays in repairing a damaged bus shelter in the heart of Spilsby have provoked an angry response from some town councillors.

The bus shelter, which was first damaged in June 2010, has had its repair work subjected to numerous obstacles ever since Lincolnshire County Council began the task..

Speaking at a Spilsby Town Council meeting on Thursday Coun Julia Pears said: “I think it is really sad for all the residents having to stand to wait for the bus, especially the elderly people.

“For it to go on the long is a disgrace.

“It’s a carbuncle in the centre of the town.”

The latest schedule for completing the refurbishment works was expected in September but some of the steel construction materials were supplied in a scratched condition and had to be returned.

The works are now planned for completion in October, including improved seating, replacing the roof panels and repairs to the existing curved panel.

Coun Jim Swanson was reporting on Lincolnshire County Council matters at the meeting and explained the extensive time and effort he had put into progressing with the bus shelter amid a ‘red herring cost saving operation.’

After the meeting he also expressed his annoyance with Coun Pears’ comments as he claims to have inherited the bus shelter from her in a poor condition when she was a county councillor.

The bus shelter has been a controversial issue ever since its construction as many people felt the design was inappropriate for its prominent location next to the town’s historic market place.

The unusual design has also been the cause delays in sourceing appropriate materials to carry out the repairs.

Head of transportation at LCC Chris Briggs said: “We are doing all we can to modernise Spilsby Interchange as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately we had to reject the roof materials that arrived recently because the quality was not good enough.

“We want to get this right and create a really pleasant environment for people to use for many years to come.

“We apologise for the disruption and expect the work to be completed by late October.