Subject to approval at the next meeting of Full Council, town councillors have agreed to take on responsibility for additional bus shelters in the town in response to the objectives of the county council’s Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP).
The decision, passed at the latest meeting of the Assets Management Committee, follows a request by East Sussex County Council for the Town Council to take over the maintenance and cleaning of some existing bus shelters in Hailsham, in particular those which are scheduled for major improvement work or replacement in the near future.
The locations of the bus shelters are South Road, Horsebridge Mill (Upper Horsebridge Road), Amberstone View (Hawkswood Road), Hawkswood Drive (Hawkswood Road), Battle Road (Hailsham Community College) and Hailsham High Street.
“Over a number of years, different types of bus shelters have been installed, perhaps which do not necessarily reflect local users’ needs,” said Cllr Mary Laxton, Chair of the Assets Management Committee. “The new programme of upgrades and renewals being carried out by the county council as a result of national funding received and emanating from their Bus Service Improvement Plan, will be taking into account the needs of the local community and as such new types and more environmentally friendly styles of bus shelter will reflect these needs.”
Cllr Laxton added: “I am delighted that the Town Council is set to take on responsibility for the maintenance of additional bus shelters. The structures, once upgraded or replaced, will be of high-quality, provide much-needed weather protection for our residents and commuters, and we are proud to be in a position to take on responsibility for these additional bus shelters.”
“The Town Council’s bus shelter initiative will greatly improve the street scene throughout the town and, hopefully, encourage residents to make greater use of bus services in the future.”
The Town Council is currently responsible for the maintenance of several bus shelters in Hailsham, which are installed at the following locations:
Whilst bus shelters are monitored on a regular basis, the Town Council appreciates any reports of graffiti and/or vandalism to ensure that repairs can be made as soon as possible.
To report a problem with one of the Town Council’s bus shelters, please call 01323 841702 or email us.
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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