Should dirty Boston bus shelter be removed?
CONCERNS over plans which could see seated shelters removed from Boston Bus Station have been voiced by passengers.
An assessment of the current shelters by Boston Borough Council showed they have been vandalised, covered in graffiti and are dirty, smelly, weather worn and "past their sell-by date" as well being unwelcoming to visitors.
The council is now looking into the possibility of removing the current shelters and replacing them with two new vandal-resistant shelters on the other side of the road. These would not include seating.
But the proposal has not been welcomed by residents who use the station.
Felicity Hurd uses the buses to travel in to town.
She said: "I agree that the shelters are not in a very good condition and may smell but to remove them and have no seating would discourage people to go in to town.
"Many elderly people use the buses to travel back and fourth in to town and despite the smell, sit in the shelters.
"I travel to and from Hubberts Bridge and the buses come every hour. If I miss a bus it is a long wait until the next, as it will be for elderly people who are unable to stand around for an hour.
"I think the council should re-think their plans to include seating.
"I think that vandals will strike if there is seating or not."
Pensioner Colin Watson, 68, agreed the shelters were in a 'bad way' but said: "We need some kind of seating.
"Two shelters? There's a lot more than that here at the moment and they are going to be replaced by two?
"Are these shelters going to accommodate a lot of people?
"How far away from where the bus pulls in are they going to be placed? Will the bus drivers wait for frail elderly people to cross the road to get to the bus?
"I don't think these proposals have been thought out properly."
Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for the town centre, Councillor Derek Richmond, thinks the bus shelters should be removed.
He said: "They are in such a mess and not at all pleasant to use. All the panelling which has escaped the work of the vandals and the graffiti yobs is scratched and obscured. It's like standing in a thick fog.
"One of the most unpleasant aspects is that some smell.
"No, I'd go further – they stink of urine where some habitually use them as toilets. They also provide shelter for those who want to gather and engage in anti-social behaviour.
"It's intimidating and threatening and not what we want for our residents who use public transport or our visitors, who we want to encourage to come again.
"I am of the opinion that we would just be better off without them. I would be pleased to hear the opinion of others, but I have reached this conclusion after listening to a massive amount of complaints about the bus station."