Bronwyn Lee says there is no need to remove this bus shelter, despite it being used by youths as a hangout.
Bronwyn Lee says there is no need to remove this bus shelter, despite it being used by youths as a hangout. Letea Cavander

Gang of kids take over bus shelter

A GANG of kids using the Heaps Street bus shelter as a night-time hangout has one pensioner terrified and others too afraid to speak out about the behaviour.

But other neighbours have said the kids are not that bad and parents who have let them roam the street should be to blame.

On one side of the street — and shelter issue — was pensioner Sandra Walters, who said herself and several of her friends were scared of using the bus stop.

“We can’t expect everything to be perfect, but it’s sad to feel afraid to use the bus stop,” she said.

The pensioner wants the shelter and telephone box pulled down so what she called a “minority” of naughty kids will find somewhere else to go.

“You really don’t know what will be happening at night and what we’ll be faced with the next day,” Mrs Walters said.

“People are afraid to say something in case something happens to their home.

“You can hear bottles breaking and bad language.”

But on the other side of the street resident Bronwyn Lee, who has lived next door to the bus shelter for three years, said it was one of the cleanest she had encountered.

“We’ve sat next to human faeces in Brisbane, vomit and people we’ve assumed are passed out but have been too scared to touch,” she said.

The mother of a teenage daughter said it was the parents who should be blamed for letting their children roam at night.

The resident said that if she was an older woman she may feel scared, but her home was secured by a big fence and her partner.

Ms Lee said it would be crazy to pull down the shelter and what she described as a “well-used, clean” telephone box.

“Where else are they going to stay in the shade and wait, if they’re old?”

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