Vandalism to bus shelters leaves council with £10k bill

A bus shelter in Cramlington before it was repaired and cleaned.
A bus shelter in Cramlington before it was repaired and cleaned.

Residents are being encouraged to love where they live and help keep Cramlington clean and tidy.

Cramlington Town Council is embarking on a programme of repairs and cleaning of bus shelters, with members of the public urged to report any vandalism after a space of recent incidents.

A bus shelter after it was repaired by Cramlington Town Council.

A bus shelter after it was repaired by Cramlington Town Council.

The repair programme is costing more than £10,000 after a sudden increase in graffiti and damage to a number of bus shelters.

The council has also paid for six mobile CCTV units and working closely with the police to use these to identify offenders.

Town councillor John Cole said: “We know that the vast majority of people care about where they live and look after it. Unfortunately, recently in Cramlington we’ve experienced a spate of vandalism and graffiti in various areas across the town.”

“There has been damage to playgrounds, bus shelters and litter bins, which not only looks bad but of course costs money to repair.

“We are now spending over £10,000 on essential repairs to bus shelters and replacing the steel shelter on Durham Road with a brick one.

“We also need to work with the community and ask residents to report any damage that happens in your area so we can carry out repairs as quickly as possible.

“If you see any incidents as they are happening, then we would urge you to contact the police.”