Councillor helps get bus shelter restored

Councillor Mark Cherry at the newly-installed bus stop on Fairway, Banbury, which was the victim of vandalism and grafitti for five years. NNL-140112-161259001
Councillor Mark Cherry at the newly-installed bus stop on Fairway, Banbury, which was the victim of vandalism and grafitti for five years. NNL-140112-161259001
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A bus stop on a popular route through Banbury which had to be taken down because of vandalism five years ago has been reinstalled.

The B5 bus stop on the junction of The Fairway and Cherry Road was used by people to get into the town centre. But the town council got rid of it following a large amount of graffiti and vandalism.

But since then work has been going on behind the scenes to find a way to get the bus stop back on the route for the good of residents.

Labour councillor Mark Cherry started a process to get the shelter reinstalled and has also lived in that part of town.

He said: “I lived in the Bretch Hill area for nearly 40 years and I felt empathy for people having to wait for a bus whilst getting wet from the rain.

“So with the backing of my fellow Banbury Labour Party town councillors I started a process to get the bus shelter reinstalled and I am happy to report Banbury Town Council officers found the funding to put the bus shelter back up so my constituents on the fairway will no longer have to stand out in the rain for the B5.”

Mr Cherry, who is also a town, district and county councillor, added vandalism was still a problem in the area, and has urged people using the shelter to contact the police if they notice anything suspicious.

He said: “I am sorry to see random vandalism of the bus shelters’ panels and seats in the Ruscote ward is still going on and I urge residents to keep their eyes peeled and report any suspicious activity to Thames Valley Police.”

Anyone who sees suspicious activity around a bus shelter should call 101.