Change of heart over bus shelter seat removal

PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 July 2016

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District council bosses have made a U-turn on a decision to not replace a seat at a Budleigh Salterton bus shelter.

Following a road accident opposite Stanley Mews two years ago, the bus shelter on the Sidmouth-bound side of the road was damaged.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) replaced the shelter with one which did not have a seat for bus users, which includes 28 sheltered accommodation residents at nearby Stanley Mews.

Ronald McCartney, 66, who catches the number 58 bus, phoned the council and was told there was room in the budget only for ‘emergencies’.

However, EDDC has now pledged to replace the much-needed seat.

Mr McCartney said: “They said they had no budget. They said they had a pot of money, but it was more for emergencies.

“Does this come before health and safety? There will come a time, when I get older, when I will need to wait at the bus stop and I hope there is seat.

“There always was a bus seat there and, all of a sudden, the crash happens and it goes away.

“There are a lot of old people who come along this road with walking sticks. If the buses are late, it is a long time to stand there.”

A spokesman for EDDC said: “This shelter was replaced in August 2014 with money received from an insurance claim, following a car colliding with it, which caused substantial damage.

“The omission of seating in the shelter, which has recently been brought to our attention, is an oversight on our part, for which we apologise.

“However, we now wish to rectify this error and have, therefore, asked our suppliers to quote for seats or a bench, which we will install as a matter of priority.”

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