Anger at state of bus stop outside Exmouth doctors' surgery

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 June 2016

Dr Alex Werhun and Dr Karen Knight from Brixington Raleigh Surgery are annoyed at the state of they bus stop outside the practice. Ref exb 21-16AW 8012. Picture: Alex Walton

Dr Alex Werhun and Dr Karen Knight from Brixington Raleigh Surgery are annoyed at the state of they bus stop outside the practice. Ref exb 21-16AW 8012. Picture: Alex Walton

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Staff at a surgery in Brixington have hit out at an ‘unfair’ situation which, they say, has left them with a ‘shabby’ bus stop outside their front door.

Responsibility for different bus stops in Exmouth is divided between East Devon District Council (EDDC), Exmouth Town Council and an advertising company.

Some have recently been refurbished, but the one outside Raleigh Surgery, Pines Road, which is the responsibility of EDDC, has ‘continued to deteriorate’.

EDDC says due to budget cuts it no longer renovates shelters, but says it will be carrying out cleaning in the coming weeks.

Penny Miller, assistant to the practice manager at Raleigh Surgery, said: “It’s incredibly shabby. It’s just really dirty and unpainted and old. It covers almost the whole of the front of the building, so you can’t see our signs without looking through it - and that’s not easy.

“Some of the bus stops as you come into Exmouth have been done up. I had to go to East Devon about our bus stop and they said ‘no’.

“It’s not very good for the business. It makes it look really, really bad and I don’t see how it’s fair when there are ones in other parts of the town that have been done up.”

In response, an EDDC spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, because of reductions in the funding that we receive from the Government, East Devon District Council has had to make cuts to a number of its services and, sadly, the renovation or replacement of bus shelters is one of those.

“Consequently, as part of our 2009/2010 spending reviews, the bus shelter budget was withdrawn.

“Our policy now is to maintain bus shelters where possible from staff-time budgets (so cleaning would be applicable here), and remove shelters when they are unsafe.

“StreetScene staff will be visiting the bus shelter outside Raleigh Surgery, as well as all the other shelters, in the coming weeks to clean them and check on their condition.”

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