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MP asks Bishop of Carlisle to step in over Chapel Stile bus shelter

August 21, 2009 10:15 AM

Tim with local residents at the modern bus shelter in Chapel StitleSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has asked the Bishop of Carlisle to step in to ensure that a new bus shelter in Chapel Stile is built.

Residents in the village have raised money for a traditional Lakeland stone bus shelter to take the place of the modern metal shelter in the village centre. However, the new shelter will take up slightly more space, and therefore the wall behind the bus shelter will need moving back by around a metre.

Mitre Housing, Carlisle Diocese's housing association, own the land on the other side of the wall, and have now suggested that the land is bought from them potentially adding thousands of pounds to the cost of the bus shelter. As all of the funds for the shelter are being raised by volunteers this could effectively block the building of the new shelter.

Commenting after speaking to local residents on his summer tour, Mr Farron said: "I hope that Bishop James will be able to help local residents by allowing the wall to be moved back without residents having to find the money to buy such a small strip of land.

"It really heart warming that the local community have pulled together to get a bus shelter in Chapel Stile which is more in fitting with its rural location. I am happy to take their case up with Bishop James, and hope that we can get the go ahead."