Bus stops fit for use again after MP and councillor intervene

Bus stops between Bodmin and Wadebridge that were so filthy residents said they couldn't be used have finally been cleaned up after a 10 year campaign.

Bus stops on the A389 between Bodmin and Wadebridge that serve Tregainlands Park, a residential park homes site near Washaway, were so dirty that residents refused to use the seats and couldn’t see out of the shelters to check if a bus was approaching.

After years of complaining fell on deaf ears, Tregainlands Park resident Irene Westmorland contacted North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson and his Lib Dem colleague Chris Batters, Cornwall Councillor for Lanivet and Blisland, who came to see the problem for themselves earlier this month.

After their visit Chris Batters and Dan Rogerson stepped in, managing to convince Cornwall Council’s Cormac contractors to clean the shelters up. The work was carried out recently.

Mrs Westmorland explained, “I first complained about the state of the bus shelters and lay-bys in 2005. The shelters, both inside and out were covered in green algae and the seats were so filthy you couldn’t sit on them. When it rained people had to stand outside to make sure you could see and signal for the bus.

“Now thanks to our councillor Chris Batters and local MP Dan Rogerson, who visited me recently to see the situation for themselves, we finally have clean bus shelters in Washaway and mud-free laybys.”

After the visit, Dan Rogerson MP commented:“The bus shelters and lay-bys really were in a horrendous state, but persistent complaints from local residents seemed to have fallen on deaf ears. Thankfully a clean-up has now taken place and Tregainlands Park residents now have the comfort of being able to use the bus shelters, as well as being able to see when the bus is coming.”

Local Cornwall Councillor Chris Batters said, “Together with Dan Rogerson I was delighted to meet with Irene and see for myself the problems the residents of Tregainlands had with their filthy bus-stops. I have been told that numerous previous complaints had been made, but nothing had happened. I’m glad that we were able to assist with a positive response on this occasion.”