Delight after improvements to bus station

RELAXING: Bill Dunning on the new seating at Peterlee Bus Station
RELAXING: Bill Dunning on the new seating at Peterlee Bus Station

A CAMPAIGNING pensioner says he is delighted by recent work at a bus station.

Bill Dunning, 75, first complained in 2013 about there being no seating at Peterlee Bus Station but has now praised the owners after work at the site has seen new seats created, along with other improvements.

Mr Dunning, of Hatfield Place, Peterlee, a retired miner at the Thornley and Horden pits, launched his campaign after the seats were vandalised, before a wrangle started over who was responsible to carry out the work.

Work started at the bus station last month after it was sold by Castle Dene Shopping Centre, which owns sections of Peterlee Town Centre, to Durham County Council.

Improvements include a new coat of paint, new seats, bins and a CCTV system will be installed.

The bus station had been without seats since they were damaged by vandals, but while money was available, the work could not be carried out as the council did not own the site.

Mr Dunning, a dad of three, who has seven grandchildren and one great grandchild,

He said “I’m over the moon, they look well.

“They put new stainless steel ones in and they look really nice.

“It’s been a battle since 2013.

“I’ve been up there and talked to people and everyone is quite happy.

“I use the bus station two or three times a week and this has made a difference. There is someone out cleaning the bus station as well.”

Council bosses are hoping that installing the new CCTV system will help prevent any further incidents of vandalism at the bus station, off the town’s Bede Way.