No answers on shelter future

ANSWERS are being sought over future intentions for a controversial bus shelter in Holbeach.

Campaigning passengers have called for a bigger shelter to be installed on the High Street, near to the Horse and Groom pub, but a nearby resident claims the increased bus traffic is damaging their home.

However, Holbeach Parish Council was unable to shed any light on the issue when it was brought to them on Monday because the shelter belongs to Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department.

Raising the issue in the council’s public forum, resident Mark Sanderson said the micro shelter was not “doing any favours” for the aesthetics of the nearby homes, which are listed buildings.

He said he was told the shelter was there for a trial period but he has since been unable to get any further information.

“You have got to think about the damage being done to the properties,” said Mr Sanderson. “The damage is recent damage – the steps are crumbling.

“It’s not from people sitting on the steps, it’s from the buses.”

Mr Sanderson told the council he appreciated it was a highways decision, but said there was “nothing wrong” with where the bus stop was originally.

The council was also handed a petition with more than 100 signatures from passengers of the 505 Norfolk Green service, who would like a bigger shelter. No campaigners spoke on the issue.

Parish council chairman Rita Rudkin suggested a letter be written to highways officers, adding: “Our main question will be if it was only an experimental thing why is it still there?”