Thanks to Rebecca Maitland, our newest, and the County’s youngest, Parish Councillor, our Bus Shelter is about to be upgraded.
With a leaking roof, and seriously out of date timetable information, the PC thought it was time for repair and re-decoration. Rebecca, sensing an opportunity, has gone several steps further, and with the co-operation and participation of Lowick CofE First School and financial support from the Community Wind Farm Fund, we hope to have a shelter, an information point, and a work of art – before the end of the year.
The work put in has been amazing – with Rebecca taking a school assembly, researching building costs, and putting together a bid for funding – but here are some of the details, taken from her own report to the Community Foundation.
“This project aims to renovate the whole bus shelter in Lowick Village. This will include replacing the current roofing, creating a ‘feature wall’ that has been designed by the local school children at Lowick First School, replacing the current noticeboards and pin boards, installing new self-watering planters and painting over outdated walls and bench with a new colour.
“The bus stop in Lowick hasn’t been repaired or renovated for years and it is currently not a welcoming place to stand in and wait for a bus, especially for the children. By completing the work, this will turn the shelter around, involve a considerable number of the community when doing the work needed and create a safe and welcoming place, that represents the benefits of Lowick and what goes on in the area. Ultimately, this will encourage tourists to the area and persuade locals to use public transport more often.
So we await the decision of the Fund, and hope that we will have a real experience of Lowick, when we wait for the bus in future.
Improving our community is a key aim of the Parish Council, so please get in touch if you think of a project we could take on.