Victory for residents in shelter campaign

A GROUP of Morpeth residents have won their campaign to have a bus shelter installed on their street.

After it received a petition from 129 people living in Kirkhill calling for the facility to be put in place on Spelvit Lane, Morpeth Town Council agreed to provide funding.

They had asked for the shelter in Springhill Walk to be relocated as it has been redundant since Arriva changed its bus route in the area last year.

But members of the authority’s Property and Asset Management Committee decided to support a new one after they were told by Deputy Clerk Angela Logan that dismantling and putting up the shelter in a different location would not be significantly cheaper and the costs would be “about the same”.

One of the residents who organised the petition, 90-year-old Ken Mordue, said: “I’m over the moon with this news because we desperately need a shelter on Spelvit Lane.

“It was murderous at times last winter having to wait for a bus in the extreme cold and we decided that we had to do something.

“We felt a petition was the only way to get the shelter moved and we had no trouble getting the names. We’re just as happy that it will be a new one.

“I’m grateful to Mr and Mrs Adams for helping me to collect the signatures.”

Morpeth Kirkhill town and county councillor Andrew Tebbutt said he would split the cost of the shelter with the authority by using some of his county council Members’ Small Schemes funds.

“I think it’s a remarkable effort that these residents managed to collect so many names for the petition,” he said.

Committee Chairman Ken Brown said: “When the request was first made, we said we required some evidence showing the need for a bus shelter on Spelvit Lane and this petition certainly shows how much one is needed.”