St Just bus stop to be boarded up after being found smashed
A BUS stop designed by residents in St Just is to be boarded up temporarily after its window was again found smashed.
Thought to have been an act of criminal damage, at a recent town council meeting a police officer and community support officer, alongside members and Sue James of Cornwall Council, discussed what could be done to prevent the breakages - which reportedly cost £600 to repair.
Mrs James said since being elected in May it is the second time the glass has been broken and that it has happened in past years too.
"It costs a lot of money to replace and it's not sustainable," she explained.
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"This is the second time it's happened since I was elected. The council just doesn't have the money to keep fixing it.
"We all know that just boarding it up is not the right thing to do - it doesn't look very nice and it sends out the wrong message."
However, she stressed that regularly forking out hundreds of pounds to repair the bus stop was not viable and was again due to discuss how best to tackle the problem with town councillors at a meeting on Monday. Devon and Cornwall Housing have also been involved.
Although it is thought the incident was "probably criminal damage", Mrs James said it may have been accidental.
"You see youngsters clowning around there a lot," she said.
"In the past we know breakages have been deliberate but we're not certain. This time we don't know who did it."
She mentioned CCTV could be installed to perhaps prevent further instances, and a decision about how best to deal with the problem is set to be made in January.
The bus stop, opposite the public toilets near Lafrowda car park, was designed by local people as part of St Just's regeneration.