College students forced to stand in the rain waiting for the school bus will soon have a shelter to take refuge in thanks to community support.
The plight of the half dozen students who congregate on Sandspit Road near McCallum Drive each school day morning came to the attention to the Sandspit Residents and Ratepayers Association (SRRA).
When students were approached asking if a bus shelter would be appreciated, the response was an emphatic, “Yes please”.
Funding to provide the shelter came from the SRRA and Sandspit Marina. Last month, Sandspit residents provided the labour to lay the concrete foundation and Totalspan has agreed to install it at no cost.
But getting permission to build the shelter proved rather more challenging.
The shelter is located on a paper road, which comes under Auckland Transport’s (AT) jurisdiction.
SRRA bus shelter project manager Peter Deane says it took months dealing with AT being shunted around from department to department and getting nowhere.
“But once we found the right person to talk to, it went very smoothly,” he says.
Fortunately, the bus shelter did not require a building permit