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Three Stops Forward, One Step Back...

Bus Stop / shelterAll Folkestone Town Councillors were asked by the Folkestone Town Clerk over the summer if they had any proposals for new or replacement bus stops in the town. There was partial funding available from Kent County Council, and a small reserve at Folkestone Town Council for stops. It wouldn't stretch to many, but with that, and a contribution from Councillor's ward grants, then we might get a few done.

Being me, I didn't suggest one but three, and I'm delighted to see they are ALL now in place (and have been for about three weeks apparently - amazing what you miss!).

So there is now a new stop by the Sandgate Surgery on Sandgate Road (Dixwell Road stop, direction Folkestone), and two new stops on Shorncliffe Road by The Nailbox pub serving Folkestone West train station. One of the Shorncliffe Road shelters is a replacement for a really old and battered stop, and the other completely new.

However, what was massively disappointing was to see that one of the three new stops had been "tagged" within 3 weeks of install. What is WRONG with people?

The grafitti has been reported for removal, and I note that at least two local reported graffiti artists have been arrested and one charged recently: its criminal damage, and will be treated as such. However, the three stops are in place, and when the third one has been cleaned, all looking good...

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