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Call to knock down vandalised bus shelters in Carlisle

Bus users in Carlisle have called for some shelters to be knocked down after they were defaced with graffiti, vomit and smashed panels.

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A bus shelter on The Crescent, Carlisle

Two shelters in the Crescent at the top of Botchergate and one opposite Vue cinema have been vandalised, causing travellers problems, with many complaining about the lack of maintenance.

The shelters all have missing panels, and the Botchergate one has sticky white graffiti on one side.

Botcherby resident Sue Hall, 32, was waiting at the Botchergate shelter and said: “I think they need to be demolished.

“They don’t even keep the wind out for pensioners and they get smashed all the time.

“What kind of shelter is that?”

Teresa Beattie, 42, also waiting in the Botchergate shelter, said: “There was a little boy running through one of the broken panels when I was here the other day – what if there’d been broken glass in there?

“I was in one another time and someone had been sick in it. Someone should definitely clean them up and they should take the glass out.”

Botchergate resident Sue Ferguson, 50, was less concerned about missing panels.

She said: “The information isn’t always there and they don’t seem to repair them at all.

“Little kids run around in them and they definitely need cleaning.”

Responsibility for the city’s bus shelters is divided between Carlisle City Council and Cumbria County Council.

The three shelters in question fall under the umbrella of the county council. A spokeswoman said: “Cumbria County Council is responsible for the maintenance of the bus shelters on Botchergate and the Crescent in Carlisle.

“We are currently in negotiations with the manufacturer to have the shelters repaired. We apologise for any inconvenience that these damages may cause and we will work to ensure the repairs are carried out as soon as feasibly possible.”

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Them shelters have had smashed windows for years and they have never been repaired, the council say they are nothing to do with them and Adshel say the same, get shot of them or decide whos problem they actually are and get them repaired.

Posted by Bus User on 5 March 2012 at 13:29

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