"Chris Howard" wrote
| I've had a letter from the council planning department that Adshel
| have applied for planning permission to install a bus shelter, with
| iluminated adverting, directly adjacent to the front of my flat.
| This will replace the current bus stop, with bench.
| Apparently you can't object to loss of private view, or value of
You should in law be able to object on grounds of loss of privacy, as the
planning authority has to act in accordance with your right to privacy under
the Human Rights Act. However, if you're already overlooked by a public road
and an existing bus-stop you probably have no grounds for objecting as the
situation is not being made worse.
Suitable grounds for objection could include constriction of the width of
the footpath, or obstruction to sightlines when manoeuvring a vehicle on/off
| What I'm more worried about is youths hanging or it being vandalised,
| plus of course the thing being lit up like a belisha beacon all night.
If the thing is lit (and the existing one isn't) that may be a deterrent to
vandalism, and Adshel are usually pretty good about cleaning their shelters
and replacing broken glass. On balance, these are preferable to traditional
shelters because the money raised from the adverts funds the shelter instead
of it coming off 'the rate'. And more bus shelters encourages people to use
public transport, which is a Good Thing.
You could contact your community constable and see if the Police have any
concerns about the location and the local 'known characters'.
If the yobbos start hanging around, 'adopt' the bus-shelter and give it a
good pressure-washing every Friday night, with them in it. Probably the
nearest most of then would get to a bath, anyway.
My mum once got a bus stop moved simply by speaking in best Bossy Teacher
mode to the men putting it up, so they moved it along a bit :-)
 Am I the only one to have the Police control room on my BT Friends and
Family list? :-)