Cromer bus stop causes a stink at town council

Cromer mayor Tim Adams, left, and former mayor David Pritchard, right, clashed during a debate over

Cromer mayor Tim Adams, left, and former mayor David Pritchard, right, clashed during a debate over the future of the bus stop in the town's Mill Road, top. - Credit: Archant

Faeces found at a bus stop in Cromer are not believed to belong to a dog, town councillors were warned this week.

Cromer Town Council heard a person was likely to be to blame for the mess left behind in the Mill Road shelter.

The disgusting details emerged during a row over plans to demolish the brick-built structure.

The council's works and general purposes committee agreed to remove the shelter after complaints that it had fallen into a state of disrepair.

Members heard bus passengers often waited outside the stop because it had a leaking roof and smelled of urine.

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Cromer mayor Tim Adams, who pointed out the council employed a cleaning contractor, questioned the decision to demolish it before a replacement could be found.

But councillor David Pritchard, who chairs the committee, explained the cost of a new shelter was estimated at £6890.

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He said the bus stop would still be there over the festive period while a contractor for the demolition was found.

Mr Pritchard said: 'The only other option is to leave it there and then we are left with serious problems if humans are using it as a toilet.'

Deputy mayor John Frosdick agreed and revealed he had seen the problem first hand. He said: 'Either a very big dog or a human had defecated in there.'

Councillor David Roberts added: 'With an increased frequency in buses, there isn't as much of a need for the shelter as people aren't standing around as long.'

The full council meeting heard a survey of residents found that the Mill Road bus shelter was well used and there was support for it to remain.

And members voted to refer the matter back to committee.

Mr Adams said: 'I don't think that (demolition proposal) was a good decision following the public consultation carried out. It would be bad for the reputation of this authority.'

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