Vandalism to city bus shelters costing council thousands
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.”