The condition of Spalding Bus Station has been slammed by residents
Residents have called for action after bemoaning the current condition of Spalding’s bus station.
The complaints have been made at a time when Lincolnshire County Council are discussing a new Bus Service Improvement Plan, but Spalding’s station falls under South Holland District Council’s jurisdiction.
Tam Kirk (75), who lives with his wife Norma (77) in the Wygate Park estate in Spalding, says a lack of action has led to the station becoming run-down.
“All the plastic at the bus stop was knocked out on November 19, 2019. So that’s nearly two years,” he said.
“I know the weather is warm at the moment, but we’re pensioners and when it gets cold the wind blows through there. It can rain, and it’s not very nice for old people.
“The toilets are disgusting. My wife says they’re not fit for humans. They’re not always open either.
“There are a lot of weeds, and I’m sure a couple of years ago I noticed needles lying around. I don’t know if that’s improved around there. Even the parking needs a clean up.
“We’ve still got to go down there. We can’t exactly boycott it. We sometimes get the bus to Boston or other places.
“I think there should be a blitz of it. A big clean-up. They probably need to re-paint as well to brighten it up. You get people from Boston and Lincoln coming into the bus station and they’ll think it’s a right dump down here.”
A spokesperson for South Holland District Council said: “Sadly, there are often daily incidents of vandalism of bus shelters, of which local police and our communities team are aware.
“We have wardens who joint patrol with PCSOs at several locations in the town, however we continue to ask that any anti-social behaviour be reported to the relevant authorities at the earliest opportunity.
“The bus station toilets are cleaned thoroughly on a daily basis but sadly a small minority of the public choose to misuse the facilities, which places a burden on council services and, more importantly, ruin it for those shoppers and visitors who depend on them.
“We are currently waiting on contractors to replace the bus shelters at the station and a review is currently under way of all public toilets in the town.”
The County Council have recently completed a public residents consultation which aims to improve bus travel in the area, and comes after the National Bus Strategy was published in March of this year.
A spokesperson said: “We’re compiling the results of that public survey at the moment.
“The public’s responses, together with those from other organisations and agencies – like bus operators and district councils – will be used to form the Bus Service Improvement Plan itself.”