Council cost cutting hits Midlothian bus shelters

Bus Shelter, Dalkeith High Street.

Bus Shelter, Dalkeith High Street.

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Bus shelters in Midlothian will no longer be cleaned or repaired unless someone complains about them.

As part of a raft of savings unveiled by the SNP administration, the plan to scrap routine inspections and cleaning of bus shelters aims to save £15,000 a year.

But the move has been labelled “ludicrous” by political opponents.

Leader of the opposition Labour Group, Councillor Derek Milligan said: “We check and maintain bus stops on an ongoing basis, not for the sake of spending money but because it is required.

“This decision is ludicrous – we are asking people to use public services but at the same time taking away the cleaning and repairing of them. It’s ridiculous to suggest that the bus shelters don’t need cleaning.”

Read full story in the Januray 10 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.