Passengers have been left out in the cold after a council ordered for a bus shelter to be bricked up, saying it was a hub for anti-social behaviour.
Downham Bus Shelter, in The Hollies car park, in Bridge Street, has been replaced with a bench under an open canopy.
Beryl George, of Franfield Road, Downham, said: “I spoke to a friend and she said they might as well just give us an umbrella. If you’re more than a size eight you won’t get any protection!
“I’ve stood there at all times of day and never had any problems. It was a bit smelly but you put up with that to be dry.”
Downham Town Council owns the car park and rents it to Morrisons supermarket. The council agreed for the shelter to be replaced while the store carried out maintenance on the car park.
Richard Davidson, deputy town clerk, said: “Downham Market Town Council has been concerned with the state of the bus shelter for a considerable amount of time.
“It is our belief it was an area used for anti social behaviour. It was certainly being used as a toilet.
“We do care what our residents and visitors think and we are listening. We have put it on the agenda to discuss at the next Property Committee meeting.”
A Morrisons spokeswoman said the firm offered to refurbish the existing shelter or provide the canopy replacement.
The Property Committee meets at 7pm on Tuesday, September 17, at the town council offices in Paradise Road.
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