Vandals attack new shelter within days

Local Residents Angry over the damage to the new Bus Stop at Baptist Place'PA1118-14a'Melissa Wilkinson, Jean Dixon, Katie Jo Tolley
Local Residents Angry over the damage to the new Bus Stop at Baptist Place'PA1118-14a'Melissa Wilkinson, Jean Dixon, Katie Jo Tolley

HOW long does it take for a brand new bus shelter in Bridlington to be vandalised by yobs?

A week, if the new shelter in St John Street, near Baptist Place, is anything to go by.

After waiting months for a new shelter and the demolition of the neglected old brick building, at a total cost of £15,000, residents are now angry that the new structure has been tarnished by vandals within a matter of days.

Yobs have scratched obscenities into the new paintwork and thrown what appears to be sticky drinks over the rear wall of the shelter, making it look far from the pristine new structure it actually is.

Melissa Wilkinson, 23, whose family has lived on Baptist Place for over 15 years, said: “The shelter has not even been up for a week and already it is ruined.

“People are trying to make the area look better, but then things like this happen and to be honest, you think what is the point in even trying then?

“Things don’t last a minute.”

Ward councillor Richard Burton, who fought to bring the new shelter to the street, is upset at the damage caused and said he would press the police to catch the culprits and ask the council to ensure the damage is fixed and the mess cleared up.

“I am very disappointed and hope that the perpetrators are properly dealt with by the law,” said Coun Burton.

“It is a crying shame that we try and regenerate an area and you end up having this sort of graffiti done so quickly.”

The bus shelter was only finished last week after months of wrangling in which some residents were opposed to the new shelter, preferring instead that the old brick one was cleaned up and renovated, while others fully supported the placing of the new one.