Neighbours in bus stop battle

Residents on St David's Road North in St Annes are unhappy about a bus stop being placed outside their homes.  Pictured L-R are Matthew Bagan, Stephan Merry and Jean Ashe.

Residents on St David's Road North in St Annes are unhappy about a bus stop being placed outside their homes. Pictured L-R are Matthew Bagan, Stephan Merry and Jean Ashe.

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A GROUP of residents are in uproar over plans to move a bus stop 50 yards to outside their houses.

As part of a £65,000 scheme to upgrade bus stops throughout Lancashire, the stopping point on St David’s Road North for the number 17 bus will be moved further along to outside Jean Ashe and Ram Avasthi’s homes.

Residents have been complaining to county councillor Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, but say he is determined the bus stop will be moved to try and encourage more usage of the service.

Mrs Ashe, 69, said she was worried the bus stop would prevent people from parking outside their houses.

She added: “The fight is still on; it’s not over. We’re just debating on what we can do next.”

Mr Avasthi, 73, said he believes the bus stop has been put in the wrong place as he had counted just six people using the stop in 24 hours.

He said: “Nine out of 10 times, the bus does not stop here.”

Coun Ashton said there had been consultation over the new position of the bus stop involving Coun Howard Henshaw, who represents St Annes on the county council, a year ago.

He said: “It was only at the 11th hour I heard Coun Henshaw was not happy.

“If there was a better bus stop, more people would use it.”

Coun Henshaw said he was backing the residents and was working to overturn the decision to move the stop.

He said: “12 months ago I heard the bus stops were being upgraded, which I was very pleased with, but I was not told this particular stop was being relocated.

“This has been handled very badly.”

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