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Funding agreed to restore unique bus shelter in Eye

Guy McGregor and Patrick Burnside outside the bus shelter, which is due to be restored. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Guy McGregor and Patrick Burnside outside the bus shelter, which is due to be restored. Picture by Mecha Morton.

Funding has been agreed for the restoration of a unique town bus shelter, dating back to 1955.

The tram-car shaped bus shelter in Lambseth Street, Eye, was originally paid for by townspeople to commemorate the Queen’s coronation.

Two years ago, Eye resident Patrick Burnside decided to put forward the idea of restoring the shelter, which is in the town centre conservation area.

“I am very interested to preserve Eye because I think it is a very special place and the town centre survived virtually intact for so many years,” said Mr Burnside, 59.

“I was worried that one day I would wake up and find that there was a team of workmen on there with sledgehammers, knocking down the bus shelter.”

He brought his ideas before the town council and received its backing, as well as the support of Suffolk county councillor Guy McGregor, who told the Diss Express that funding for the restoration has now formally been agreed.

He said: “Thankfully, we’ll have as much money as required to make the thing happen.

“It will be a total refurbishment of this interesting building.”

As part of the project, Suffolk County Council is planning to install real-time display panels, which give detailed information on bus services, both in the shelter and across the road at the bus stop outside Linden House.

“It’s all part of my effort to improve the quality of the street scene in Eye,” said Mr McGregor.

“It’s important that the centre of the town reflects a high quality of street architecture and, if we do have things of interest, which this bus shelter is, then it really ought to be kept in good order and serve a useful purpose.”

The restoration is expected to cost around £3,000 and Harleston firm Ray Munn Paints and Interiors has offered to sponsor the cost of the specialist coating required for the structure.

Town councillor Richard Berry will head the project, which will see Paul Durrant and Son employed – the same firm which undertook extensive repairs of the town hall.

Councillor Richard Berry said: “Having it in its current state is not the best. It’s a small project but worth doing and it’s nice seeing councils working together.”

The start date of the restoration project is set for July 29.

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