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Bus stop decision angers Dunbar householders

Philip Immirzi's, High Street, Dunbar, at the window of his house where the council are constructing a new bus stop, opposite an existing bus stop, which is going to create traffic congestion.

Philip Immirzi's, High Street, Dunbar, at the window of his house where the council are constructing a new bus stop, opposite an existing bus stop, which is going to create traffic congestion.

A decision to put a new £15,000 bus stop right on the junction of a town centre site in Dunbar has attracted protests from residents.

Philip Immirzi, who lives opposite, criticised East Lothian Council’s lack of consultation with those who live in the area known as Abbeylands in the High Street.

He claimed the new bus stop would “stack up to an increased safety hazard” and voiced concern about the environmental impact including litter.

Mr Immirzi said: “Without any real notice, exactly one working day to be precise, I received notification of a plan to alter the configuration of the post office parking bay so that it may accommodate a new bus stop.”

Mr Immirzi claimed: “Instead of engaging with residents and users with a view to relocating the stop to a more central and accessible location, the council decides it must move it even further away from the High Street’s centre of gravity.

“The effect of which is to marginalise it even further and to make yet more room for more cars.”

He highlighted a number of issues including that the new bus stop was opposite another bus stop, expressing concern about what would happen when both where blocked by inconsiderate or illegally parking motorists.

East Lothian Council said: “The movement of the shelter has been considered by the Bus Stop Working Group (BSWG) and recommended within the Dunbar Traffic and Environmental Study, which was extensively consulted on. We consider that there will be no road safety issues.”

 

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