Vandalism means high-tech info point pulled from Norwich bus stop

Repeated vandal attacks on a Norwich bus stop have meant its solar-powered information point will be removed.

The device at the Jamieson Place stop was one of a raft of 20 along Dereham Road to benefit from a �125,000 Norfolk County Council scheme which saw the installation of the cutting edge touch-screen machines giving up to date travel information.

However, following repeated vandalism the county council is now set to remove it, prompting community campaigners to speak out.

Oliver Steward, of Jamieson Close, has for the past year repeatedly been in contact with the council over the incidents which often involve scratching the screen of the information point.

Mr Steward said that the decision to pull the information point, which had been mooted as a possibility in an email correspondence between himself and the council has left him 'saddened and disappointed.'

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'I think with a bit of imagination the county council could have done something to prevent it getting scratched, and we've not even been consulted about the decision- there's not even been anything put up at the bus stop to warn us.

He said that the vandals, who had already broken window panes in the bus stop and daubed graffiti on it, started damaging the panel with a couple of months of the information point being installed

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'I think it will impact on people, especially the disabled or those with visual impairments, and with these vandals it's a total lack of respect,' he added.

Lucy Galvin, city councillor for the area, said they had been working with the police to find a solution, adding that it had been made a priority at a recent local Safer Neighbourhood Area Partnership meeting.

She said: 'We're extremely disappointed that the people of this area should lose their information point. Residents have been working hard to come up with more positive solutions.'

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said that the information point has been vandalised and repaired three times, each time costing �500 to �600, adding that the one withdrawn from the Jamieson Place stop would be found a new location.

'We are sorry that we have been forced to withdraw the unit from this location, but there comes a point where we cannot keep spending public money only for it to be deliberately damaged again, he added

Is your community under vandal attack? Contact John Owens on 01603 772439.

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