Peterlee bus station seats still not replaced – two months after the issue was raised

Bill Dunning in Peterlee bus station
Bill Dunning in Peterlee bus station

A PENSIONER has hit out at a lack of action to replace vandalised seating in Peterlee Bus Station – two months after he raised the issue.

Bill Dunning complained about damaged seating being removed from the station and saying there was now no nowhere to sit, especially a problem for the elderly.

The 74-year-old dad-of-three and retired miner at the Thornley and Horden pits said there had been no seating for several weeks after damage caused by yobs.

Salford Estates, the owners of the Castle Dene Shopping Centre, which adjoins the bus station, told the Mail at the time action was being taken.

But now Mr Dunning, a grandfather-of-seven and great-grandfather-of-one, of Hatfield Place, Peterlee, says there has been no change.

Mr Dunning, who also raised concerns about two broken windows at the bus station, hit out saying officials are not bothered about doing anything to fix the problem.

He said: “Nothing’s been done. All the old people are coming to this town on the bus from different colliery villages and spending money in Peterlee town centre and keeping the shops alive.

“Yet nobody is bothered about doing anything with the bus station.”

Salford Estates had said in February that improvements and repairs to the bus station lie within the remit of Durham County Council.

But the council said it doesn’t own the bus station and is not responsible for seating.

However, it said after a meeting with Durham County Councillor Audrey Laing, that it would contribute towards replacing the seats as a gesture of good will.

But Mr Dunning says things are no further forward.

Arriva North East also say they are not responsible for the bus station.

Adrian White, head of transport and contract services at Durham County Council, said: “We are not responsible for the seating in Peterlee bus station. This responsibility rests with the owners of the bus station.”

A spokesman for Salford Estates said: “The centre management team are reviewing the issues raised to ensure that they are resolved as soon as possible.”