Tuesday, 17 July 2018

I don’t want bus stop outside my flat window

A MAN is angry that a bus shelter likened to a cheese grater could be installed outside his living room

A MAN is angry that a bus shelter likened to a cheese grater could be installed outside his living room window — without his approval.

Matt Murton, who lives on the ground floor at the Henley Gate development in Reading Road, Henley, said: “It would look horrendous, totally obscure my view and block the sunlight.”

The proposed bus shelter is part of £25,000 worth of improvements to bus routes in Henley suggested by Oxfordshire County Council.

Mr Murton claimed he had not heard anything from the council.

He said: “I find it astonishing that they haven’t written to me. I appreciate that people do need a shelter, particularly during the winter, but it would be an absolute eyesore and used by only a handful of people shopping at Tesco. I don’t mind there being a shelter but I don’t want it to be directly outside my window when it is the only source of natural daylight in my property.”

Magnus McArthur, who lives in the flat above Mr Murton, called the proposed location of the shelter “monumentally stupid”.

He said: “People do need to get buses and should have shelter and a place to sit, particularly the elderly, but it could easily be shuffled one way or another so as not to interfere with the ‘ground-dwellers’. It has very little bearing on our view from above as it only blocks our view of the pavement and road but it is ugly and a better design or one that fits more harmoniously with its proposed environment would be more sensible.”

Rob Gillett, who also lives at the development, said: “It is not the most attractive thing — I wouldn’t like to be living in the flat behind it. It is probably a good idea to have some kind of shelter but I don’t know why it needs to be so different to any other bus shelter I have ever seen.”

Town councillors criticised the design of the shelter at a meeting last month. Councillor Will Hamilton said it looked like a cheese grater. Deputy Mayor Martin Akehurst called it “ludicrous” and said the proposal should never have been put forward.

The county council says it wrote to residents and businesses in Reading Road to ask for their views during a 28-day consultation period in April.

But a spokesman admitted: “Some residents did not receive the consultation pack. We are sorry this has happened and will ensure they are sent the packs and given 14 days to respond to the proposals.”

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