A FORMER parish councillor has praised her colleagues after they finally decided to order a replacement bus shelter after two- and-a-half years of “dithering”.
Ex-Malpas parish councillor Anna Patten was pleased to learn that a like-for-like wooden bus shelter will be installed in place of the 25-year-old dilapidated one in Chester Road by Malpas cemetery.
Mrs Patten, of Hampton, said: “This has been going on an awfully long time. If the council has made a decision, then I’m delighted. I look forward to seeing a new bus shelter.”
She said it was the “dithering” which had left her frustrated.
“We have all got bigger things to worry about in the whole scheme of things in terms of maintaining services,” she said.
Mrs Patten said in December 2005 that the council decided to replace the decaying wooden bus shelter on Chester Road with a brick one.
In the months that followed the council was awarded a grant towards the cost by the Rural South Area Committee (RSAC), a contractor appointed and work was ready to commence.
But in September 2006, Malpas Recreation Ground was threatened with closure unless immediate safety work was carried out. Members agreed to switch the allocated £3,500 to the rec to prevent it having to close.
In May 2007 another £2,000 grant was awarded for a brick bus shelter.
But by October Mrs Patten claimed then chairmen Keith Ebben had “developed amnesia” by ignoring the council’s previous decisions and the discussion about what type of bus shelter should be built started again.
At the latest meeting, clerk Ruth Jacks said she had obtained a quote for a wooden shelter of £3,800 which was accepted by members despite concerns that more than one quote should be gathered. A total of £3,500 had previously been allocated including £1,500 from the council and £2,000 from RSAC.
Cllr Ebben urged the meeting to make a decision. “This has been going on for two-and-a-half years,” he said.
Repairs are also being carried out on the bus shelter outside The Crown pub, Old Hall Street, at a cost of £750.