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Clean-up call is made for a Swansea bus station

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

Pippa Richardson with the seats at Gorseinon bus station.

Pippa Richardson with the seats at Gorseinon bus station.

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ACTION needs to be taken to spruce up a Swansea bus station amid fears it's not being maintained properly.

Pippa Richardson says given the investment in building Gorseinon Bus Station, greater care should be taken to keep the stone seating area clean.

A Swansea Council spokeswoman said the site was regularly cleaned and added the seats were power washed every year.

But the 65-year-old social historian, from Dyffryn Road, Gorseinon, said the town's residents deserved the same sparkling facilities as those in Swansea.

Miss Richardson said: "A tremendous amount of money was spent on the building of the bus station. What concerns me is the way it has been neglected by Swansea Council ever since.

"They lovingly put up those benches on the park side, which looked white and beautiful at first but now there is black mould on them and they need to be power washed.

"The last time it was power washed they did not clean them properly and mould was left behind on them."

She added: "It makes the benches look unsightly."

Miss Richardson said the bus station was a gateway to visitors.

"Quite a few of us feel that Gorseinon is being neglected and the bus station in Swansea is gleaming," she said. "It's the place that people see when they come in to the town."

A Swansea Council spokeswoman said: "The area around Gorseinon Bus Station and the Swansea City Bus Station are not comparable, because one is enclosed and the other is not.

"However, Swansea Council is committed to keeping the area around the bus station as clean as possible.

"We conduct regular littering and cleaning work in the area and we rely upon local people to either use litter bins or take their litter home with them.

"The seats are power-washed annually and it's nonsense to claim they are not looked after. Natural discolouration of the concrete supports is bound to take place over time because they are exposed to the elements all year round."

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