Broken bus stops set for makeover

10:40 27 January 2014

The bus shelter at the bottom of Pound Lane that provides no shelter. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 0924-04-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

The bus shelter at the bottom of Pound Lane that provides no shelter. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 0924-04-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

Archant

Vandalised and poorly maintained bus stops in the heart of Exmouth could be given a makeover.

Plans are being drawn up by the town hall for major stops – some daubed with paint, others with broken glass and several without even a roof – to be refitted with huge colour panels depicting the best of Exmouth.

The deterioration of many of the town’s bus stops follows council budget cuts.

Up until two years ago the bus stops were maintained by the county and district council-funded Exmouth Town Management Partnership.

But that funding was stopped and now the bus stops have been left to deteriorate.

The proposal was put forward by town clerk Colin Poole at a recent meeting of Exmouth Transport Partnership and backed by the town council on Monday.

He suggested that glass panels could be replaced with boards with huge photos superimposed on them.

Images of the Jurassic coastline, A La Ronde and the River Exe bird sanctuary were some of the scenes suggested.

He said: “With funding cuts…we have not been able to do the work.

“And now we are seeing the bus shelters deteriorating.

“We use our street cleaner to remove the graffiti but quite a few bus stops need a serious amount of work.

“One up on the Exeter Road is in awful condition – where graffiti has been removed it has left a white smudge. Then you have a bus shelter in Pound Lane which is just a metal frame, because everything else is missing.”

He suggested tapping into the Parishes Together Fund, where cash equivalent to £1.10 per elector can be used for community projects – but only if the town council teams up with other parishes.

Councillor Vivien Duval-Steer said: “This is a brilliant idea.

“We are actually going to do something.”

Councillor Tim Dumper said: “The bus operator should recognise that this will help encourage people to use their services.

“Stagecoach should be asked to contribute.”

Stagecoach’s Tom Spencer said: “Any approach will go through our managing director and we go from there.”

He added: “There are always ways to offset the costs.

“Look at the Salterton Road stop and the Cranford Club – there are opportunities to advertise there.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 09:07
Year six children at Withycombe Raleigh primary school rounded off their term studies about the Ancient Greeks by dressing the part this week. Ref exe 0685-12-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Children from Withycombe Raleigh Primary School got dressed up as Ancient Greeks as a finale to this term’s topic.

Read more
Tue, 15:53

Fire crews from Exmouth were called out to a kitchen fire in The Strand on Tuesday, March 31.

Read more
Tue, 12:50
Take part in our General Election survey.

We want to know YOUR views ahead of the General Election - take part in our survey here.

Read more
Tue, 11:53
A party to celebrate the life of Welcome Centre regular Roy McCrohan was held this week. Pictured are his wife Mary, son Andy and daughter Sue with staff and clients at the centre. Roy was a professional footballer, he played number 4 right half and made 462 appearances for Norwich City, he was a player coach for Bristol Rovers as well as coaching at Luton Town and at Ipswich Town with Bobby Robson. Ref exe 0700-12-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A party has been held to celebrate the life of a former professional footballer, who will be remembered as someone who ‘always had a smile for everybody’.

Read more
Tue, 09:04
Lympstone Central Stores received their first delivery of bags from Otter Rotters composting collection team. Di Hekt and Sandra Clark with Gillian Freeman, Paul Bastyan and Jay Mallon from the Otter Rotters. Ref exe 1258-12-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A community composting group is celebrating 15 years of collecting garden waste by bringing its service to Lympstone.

Read more
Mon, 10:44
Katie Burke (front centre) samples her ‘Katie’s Strawberry Shortcake’ flavour gelato with the other four finalists and (back left to right): Owner 	of Antonio’s, Tony Badcott; Emma Chandler and Andy Williams from 		Exmouth RNLI.

A seven-year-old Exmouth schoolgirl has won a competition to create a flavour of ice cream to be sold at Antonio’s in The Strand.

Read more
Mon, 10:22
NHS logo

It is all systems go for the transformation of Budleigh Salterton Hospital into a health and wellbeing hub, after NHS bosses gave the final go-ahead.

Read more
Mon, 10:15
Kevin Tyrrell from Budleigh Salterton had his ambitions of running in the general election quashed as the name of his Ukulele Independence Party was rejected by the Electoral Commision. Ref exb 1583-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A budding politician has seen his bid to bring a four-stringed revolution to British politics thwarted - after election chiefs rejected the proposed name of his party.

Read more
Saturday, March 28, 2015
St John's Court team manger Trevor Moir, Senior Mental Health Practicioner Steve Hammond and Dr Teg Freer are pictured seated on the new bench that was presented by the Mens' Shed this week. Ref exe 0590-12-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A men’s social group has once again come to the rescue by hand-crafting much-needed seating for a vital local service.

Read more
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Hugo Swire stock picture

Hugo Swire’s election rivals have called on him to apologise after he was secretly filmed joking about welfare claimants at a Tory fundraiser.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder