Mark Menzies MP celebrates damaged bus shelter replacement

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies is celebrating victory after convincing town hall bosses to fix a damaged bus shelter.

The stop, opposite Clifton Gardens War Memorial Homes on Church Road, St Annes, was damaged in a road traffic accident some time ago and has since been targeted by vandals.

A row between the highways authority, Lancashire County Council, and Fylde Borough Council over who has responsibility for the shelter has meant it has been left without seating for some time and Mr Menzies has repeatedly requested it be repaired.

He has now passed the matter on to the Local Government Ombudsman and Lancashire County Council has finally agreed to install a new shelter.

The Member of Parliament said: “This bus stop has been in a disgraceful condition after a vehicle collided with it some time ago; it has had no seating and has subsequently been vandalised.

“I have written to the highways authority about this matter on a number of occasions as it is dangerous for those passengers with mobility issues who currently wait in the shelter across the road before quickly trying to cross the busy street when they see a bus coming in the distance.

“However, Lancashire County Council is currently in dispute with Fylde Borough Council over which authority has responsibility for the maintenance of certain bus shelters.

“Caught in the middle of those negotiations are local residents and bus users and I recently wrote to the chief executives of both councils to say that I would be contacting the Local Government Ombudsman and asking that organisation to take the matter out of their hands and make an independent decision on which authority is responsible.

“While that process is ongoing, Lancashire County Council has now written to me to say it will fund a replacement bus shelter for this site due to the exceptional circumstances I have raised.

“I am delighted that the damaged shelter is now being replaced and hopefully the ombudsman will come to a decision which will mean bus users do not suffer the same issues in the future.”

 

PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP inspecting the damaged bus shelter

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