Saturday, 19 August 2017

Dirty bus shelter ‘a blight on village’

A “DIRTY” bus shelter in Sonning Common is a blight on the centre of the village, according to a resident.

A “DIRTY” bus shelter in Sonning Common is a blight on the centre of the village, according to a resident.

Margaret Moola, of Sedgefield Close, said the shelter in Wood Lane needed to be cleaned more regularly.

Speaking during the public forum at a parish council meeting, she said: “I’m very conscious that every time I go to the bus shelter or pass it, it lowers the centre of the village because it’s always dirty.

“There’s rubbish which I pick up and put in the bin but the actual structure is often needing a good clean.”

Councillor Chrissie Phillips-Tilbury, who chairs the Village Gardeners, said her group had cleaned the shelter occasionally.

Ms Moola asked if it could be cleaned once a fortnight but Cllr Phillips-Tilbury said it was more likely it would be cleaned twice a year by the council’s contractor, Rob Smith. She said: “We give it a good sweep down and weed about once a month. Unfortunately, the problem is we have to get ladders up there. It’s not really a job for a volunteer to do.”

Councillor Colin Reynolds said task could be the responsibility of Reading Buses, which runs the service through the village, but council chairman Douglas Kedge said bus stops were a parish council matter.

Councillor Kedge said: “We’ve taken this on board. I think you’re right, it’s not a happy situation.”

Councillor John Stoves said: “There’s a dip in the road where every time a car goes past water gets drawn in there. If that could be dealt with that would contribute towards keeping it clean. You’re soaked before you even get on the bus.”

Parish clerk Philip Collings is to investigate the council’s options.

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