LETTER: Heed plight of the shelterless

During the early hours of one morning several months ago, a beer delivery lorry crashed into the bus shelter in Terminus Road where, in particular, No.3 and 3A buses both collect and drop off passengers. The shelter was demolished and I have no doubt that insurance claim monies were paid to the shelter owners who, in accordance with enquiries, was the Eastbourne Borough Council. I have no information as to what action if any was taken against either the driver or his employing company.

It would appear that the EBC has no intention whatsoever to replace this shelter, since in the words of a representative, ‘the bus stop will no longer be operating when the overall Arndale Centre development is completed.’ But when will this be? As a result, whether it is cold or raining or both, passengers are now forced to just stand around in the open waiting for the next bus to arrive. Furthermore, many who are either elderly or physically disabled or carrying young children, no longer have anywhere to sit whilst waiting for what is sometimes, considerable periods. Their plight does not seem to bother or interest the EBC.

Installing a temporary construction would take no time at all and could be paid for out of the insurance proceeds. In addition this would be a humane act to take towards Eastbourne’s residents and tourists who currently are putting up with considerable discomfort by being shelterless.

Michael Harris

South Cliff

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