Van­dal­ism to city bus shel­ters cost­ing coun­cil thou­sands

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

More than £20,000 was spent by Dundee City Coun­cil on re­pair­ing van­dalised bus shel­ters around the city in the past 12 months.

Data re­vealed by the lo­cal author­ity through a free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quest showed a to­tal of £20,172 was spent on re­plac­ing glass and poly­car­bon­ate pan­els through­out Dundee in 2017.

The most ex­pen­sive re­place­ments were to the Cox Street ter­mi­nus shel­ter in Down­field. All of the shel­ter’s glass pan­els had to be re­paired, cost­ing a to­tal of £1,384, in Oc­to­ber.

Re­pairs to a bus shel­ter on Drumgeith Road at Drumgeith Park in Lin­la­then cost the coun­cil an­other £925.44 in April, with all 10 of the pan­els need­ing re­placed.

A bus shel­ter on For­far Road at Claver­house Road was fixed four times over the space of eight months. The reg­u­lar vis­its cost the coun­cil £1,498.10 in to­tal to fix both up­per and lower bay glass pan­els, with one visit cost­ing nearly £900.

The only month when there were no re­ports of van­dalised bus shel­ters was May and there was only one re­port of van­dal­ism in June.

How­ever, in Fe­bru­ary alone, 34 re­pairs were car­ried out, at a cost of £5,321.

Jan­uary also had a high rate of re­pairs, with a to­tal of 23 in the month, cost­ing the coun­cil more than £4,000.

Ardler res­i­dent John Bis­set, 68, was left out­raged af­ter bus shel­ters at the lo­cal li­brary were tar­geted a num­ber of times.

He said: “I can’t be­lieve how much has been spent to re­pair the havoc caused by these van­dals.

“Bus shel­ters are a ne­ces­sity for the com­mu­nity and it is in­cred­i­bly sad that peo­ple choose to de­stroy them.”

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