A homeowner claims a bus stop outside his home is preventing him from selling his property. Simon Williams is in a battle to get the shelter removed, which is located in front of his driveway.
Mr Williams bought the property last August, with the view of carrying out much-needed renovation work. He said a site meeting was arranged with a representative of the council and claimed an agreement was made to take the shelter down at his expense, reinstalling it at a different location.
Mr Williams claims he was happy to go along with this. But Swansea Council stated today it had no plans to relocate the bus shelter, WalesOnline reports.
Mr Williams also claims that last month he found an investor who was interested in buying the house and the plot. The deal and money were said to have been agreed, depending on written confirmation from the council that the bus shelter would be moved.
But Mr Williams said he received a phone call informing him that the council had “overturned the decision” and was no longer planning to grant permission for the relocation. He said: “Every single person who is viewing the house is saying the same thing – that the bus shelter is putting them off. You can see that shelter is smack bang in the middle of my drive.
“A lot of bus stops haven’t even got bus shelters, they just have posts with a sign on it. The bus doesn’t even stop outside the shelter, because if it did, it would be half on the road because it is at the end and located at a terrible location.
“When I’m coming in and out of my drive, I literally have to look through the bus shelter to check if there’s cars coming because it’s right in my visibility. It’s a safety issue more than anything as well, that’s what I’m more concerned about.”
Swansea Council officers have said that the bus stop has been there for more than 50 years and is in “constant use”, but Mr Williams said he felt the safety concerns outweighed those factors, in that he felt the bus shelter created visibility issues, leaving him unable to drive in and out of his driveway safely, creating the potential for accidents. He reiterated that he would fund any changes and that there would be no expense to the council.
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: “The council has been in touch with the resident and confirmed that the bus shelter has been in place for more than 50 years and provides an important element in the public transport infrastructure within the community. The shelter continues to be well used by locals and there are no plans to relocate the shelter to an alternative position.”
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