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

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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.”

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