Daventry pensioner gets bus shelter after one-man campaign

Brian Nelson with representatives from the various councils and companies involved
Brian Nelson with representatives from the various councils and companies involved
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A Daventry pensioner is celebrating after a successful year-long campaign to fund a bus shelter on a town estate.

Brian Nelson, 78, has been campaigning for more than a year install a shelter at the bus stop on the corner of Collingwood Way and Admirals Way on the Southbrook.

After organising a petition, finding funding, and getting through the red tape, the shelter has now been installed and was officially opened on Thursday last week.

Mr Nelson said: “There’s no shelter at any of the bus stops on this side of the road, which is for the buses heading into Daventry. I remember coming down here one day when it was raining and seeing people huddling in the phone box to keep dry.

“This bus stop is very well used. There are people with pushchairs and young children, pensioners and people with walking sticks. I spoke to our county councillor Alan Hills about it and he pointed me in the right direction.”

Mr Nelson started knocking on doors to get the 30 signatures he needed to demonstrate there was a need. He then contacted bus shelter firm Macemain and Amstad who said it would cost more than £5,500. Mr Nelson then set out to raise the funds, doing presentations to local bodies for grants.

Mr Nelson received £500 from Cllr Hills’ empowering councillors fund, £2,000 from Daventry and District Housing, £1,000 from Daventry Town Council and £250 from DDC. As a former employee of Ford Motors, Brian then approached the company and they gave £1,750.

Mr Nelson said: “People have already said to me how good it is to have a shelter here.

“It shows what can be achieved by people like me. There was some frustration with red tape, but they’re the rules people have to follow. I’d like to thank everybody for their help and cooperation.”