When I first moved to the Worksop area in 1972, I, like many people drove almost everywhere.
My job as an industrial service engineer (whose local service office was where Wilkinson’s Hardware store is now). Yes, there was a kitchen centre on the ground floor, the firm I worked for Kent Process Control, had their first floor and the top floor was the iconic Intercon Nightclub. A brilliant venue when Worksop boasted a thriving night scene.
Back to my original drift (drift being the word eh?) Being reliant on my company car in order to get around meant I didn’t really have the time or the vision to realise the problems that face those walking, cycling, horse riding or using public transport.
Now, over 40 years on, I can appreciate the many problems that face people who do not own a car or vehicle in order to get around. Take using a bus for example, the excellent number 77 bus route between Worksop and Chesterfield has comfortable and reliable double decker buses serving this route. However, the disgusting state of the bus shelters (where there are any) are poor to say the least! Some are even stone or brick built, with no windows or gutters, no seats and no litter bins. They also get used as public urinals in the night! Talk about insulting the public, especially OAPs.
When I visited Whitwell Railway Station though, their marvellous covered waiting area is almost two metres wide, 10 metres long, bright and cheerful with split level seats, large waste bins alongside it and glass panels on all fours sides to protect from the wind and rain etc.
Why can’t our bus shelter have similar features I ask?
East Avenue, Stanfree