Mum bids to drive out ‘stinking’ bus shelter

The bus shelter outside Nicola Wimbush's house.
The bus shelter outside Nicola Wimbush's house.

A CONCERNED resident has called for action to be taken at a bus shelter next to her home, which she claims is a haunt for anti-social behaviour and is causing damage to her own property.

Mother-of-three Nicola Wimbush said the structure along Hadston Road, in South Broomhill, is being used as a ‘teenage den’, which stinks of ‘stale urine’ and is often targeted by graffiti vandals.

Nicola Wimbush and her daughter Eleanor in the narrow gap between the bus shelter on the left and their house.

Nicola Wimbush and her daughter Eleanor in the narrow gap between the bus shelter on the left and their house.

She has also complained that rain water is running off the structure’s roof and coming into her property.

Mrs Wimbush has written to East Chevington Parish Council requesting help, asking members to change the shelter’s design or even grant permission to remove it.

Her letter, which was read out at last week’s meeting, says: “The shelter is positioned in front of one of my windows giving me a view of a brick wall when I look out.

“It is very close to my house; so close in fact that when it rains, water pours off the shelter roof onto my house.

“Unfortunately, the house now has water coming through the wall where it runs off the shelter roof and hits the gable end of my house.”

It adds: “The shelter has broken, loose tiles on its roof which I am worried may injure a member of the public or my children if they fall off.

“I regularly clean graffiti off the shelter and my fence. The shelter smells of stale urine which leads me to believe that, because of its ‘closed in’ design, it is being used as a public toilet.

“I also presume that it is being used as a teenage den because used condoms and beer cans have been thrown into my garden next to the shelter.”

She added: “I would be willing to contract a builder myself to remove the shelter if you (the parish council) would give me written permission.

“I feel that if the shelter was removed or replaced by a transparent, open-style shelter, then all the problems I have outlined would be solved.”

After the meeting, Mrs Wimbush said the majority of bus shelter users did not cause a problem.

Council chairman Scott Dickinson said that a site meeting would be held at the shelter and the parish council would look at what can be done to rectify some of the problems but said the shelter couldn’t be removed.

He added that transparent bus shelters have been subject to vandalism in the village and told members that both the parish and the county council regularly clean the shelters in the village, as well as cleaning the graffiti.

He said: “We will do everything we can to try to improve the situation but removal of the bus shelter at this time is not possible. It is a well-used shelter.”