Action call for bus shelters facelift

The shelter in Kelbrook Road, Barnoldswick
The shelter in Kelbrook Road, Barnoldswick
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Vandals have targeted bus shelters on the main routes from Nelson through to Colne.

In the recent spate, windows have been smashed at shelters on the Leeds Road junction with Seldon Street, Nelson, the Burnley Road junction with Corporation Street, Colne, the Burnley Road junction with Phillips Lane, Colne, and Primet Hill.

It is suspected Pendle Council are facing a bill for hundreds of pounds, but the authority declined to comment when approached by Leader Times Newspapers.

News of the damage comes as Liberal Democrat councillors begin leading a campaign to improve the condition of bus shelters throughout Pendle. They are targeting the “advertising shelters”, which include panels containing advertising.

For Coun. Dorothy Lord, who chairs Colne In Bloom, some shelters “are letting the town down”, including the shelter in front of the Muni, in Albert Road - which she labelled “a disgrace”.

She added: “When so many people are doing so much to make Colne successful, we cannot accept these tatty and rusty shelters.”

And Coun. Tony Greaves said: “The council has a contract with Primesight which is a major national outdoor advertising company.

“Their website says ‘We care about our industry’ but they do not seem to care much about the bus shelters which they provide in Pendle, many of which are poorly maintained and rather dilapidated.

“Earlier this week I chaired a meeting of leading councillors and we asked our top staff to hold a high level meeting with Primesight to insist that they fulfil the terms of the contract they have with the council to provide these shelters and keep them in good condition.”

Barnoldswick councillor Coun. Claire Teall also said that some of the Primesight shelters are “beyond a joke”.

She added: “We have a few months before the Britain in Bloom judges will be here and these broken down shelters

must be dealt with before then. This winter, an advertising panel actually fell out of one of the shelters, exposing bare electric wires and there is a danger that this might happen with others.”

Philip Mousdale, Pendle Council’s deputy chief executive, said: “I can confirm that we’re contacting Primesight to arrange a meeting to discuss the condition of a number of their bus shelters in Pendle.”

Primesight did not respond before we went to print.