'Local hero' Joan launches successful campaign for bus shelter on Copcut Rise estate - The Droitwich Standard

'Local hero' Joan launches successful campaign for bus shelter on Copcut Rise estate

Droitwich Editorial 30th Oct, 2023   0

A DROITWICH resident has been branded a local hero after campaigning to have a bus shelter installed at her local stop.

Joan Kemp, 74, who lives in the Copcut Rise Estate had been petitioning since December 2022 for a bus shelter in Copcut Boulevard and has finally had her wish granted, thanks to help from her local parish council.

After liaising with her fellow residents, Joan called in the help of Hindlip, Martin Hussingtree and Salwarpe Parish Council who were happy to help support her campaign.

The parish council, who do not oversee the Copcut Estate, sought permission from the developers – William Davis – to install the shelter, with the parish council covering the costs.

William Davis obliged and Joan couldn’t be happier or more grateful for the efforts of the council, and the support of her neighbours.

The shelter was installed on Monday, October 27 – just in time for winter – providing respite from the typical wet British weather and somewhere for people to rest while they waited for public transport.

Joan said: “I’m really happy, all the neighbours that I know, they were on the bus stop with me today (Thursday, October 26) all talking – a lady with 2 children, another lady came down too. It was lovely.

“I can now have a rest when I walk down to the bus stop without worrying about the weather or my ankles swelling up.

“I’m so happy now that I won’t be soaking wet while I wait for the bus.”

The parish council are also looking to install a local noticeboard and a litter bin at the shelter in the coming weeks.

Philip Oakley, the parish council chair told the Standard: “We’re delighted to be involved in the provision of the shelter.

“We felt it was really important to fund the shelter for residents, as it can be cold and uncomfortable for people waiting, as the bus’ arrive roughly once an hour.

“Any resident who feels we can help out should get in touch and whenever we can help, we will.

“We’re also grateful to William Davis for allowing us to provide the shelter, and for installing the concrete base that the shelter sits on.”

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