A former bus shelter in the Moorlands has been revamped and turned into a picturesque place for members of the community to sit and relax. The structure, which stands on the Green, opposite the Huntsman in Cheadle, has been given a facelift thanks to landowner Gary Bentley and his father-in-law Malcolm Elvidge, who lives near to the shelter.
A former bus shelter in the Moorlands has been revamped and turned into a picturesque place for members of the community to sit and relax.
The structure, which stands on the Green, opposite the Huntsman in Cheadle, has been given a facelift thanks to landowner Gary Bentley and his father-in-law Malcolm Elvidge, who lives near to the shelter.
Mr Bentley, who is a local councillor, said: “It was about five years ago that the shelter was damaged.
“Everyone contacted the county council to find out that the council had been leasing the land the shelter was on from the landowner for five shillings a year.
“The council decided to not repair the shelter as no buses stop there any more.”
Mr Bentley, who now owns the slip of land the shelter sits on, asked his father in law Malcolm to help spruce up the structure so that it could still be used by the community.
Mr Bentley said: “Malcolm loves tinkering and he said if I supplied him the materials, he would carry out the project.
“He’s done a great job with a new roof and sprucing it up. We also got hold of a bench which had been set to be scrapped after it had been vandalised, and Malcolm did it up and put it in there and made the planters too.
“People do stop and sit in there and enjoy it, whether they are walking to or back from town and need a sit down, or they need to shelter from the rain.
“It’s a pleasant spot for people to enjoy.”
Malcolm said of what the shelter was like before he began sprucing it up: “All the poles were bent after a car had gone into it and half of the roof was missing.
“I potter about with handy man work and gardening so when Gary asked me if I fancied having a go at repairing it, I said yes.
“He got me some wood which I made planters out of.
“I also take care of the ground the shelter is on, and also the hedges at the side to make it all look nice.
“I just enjoy doing it and it’s brightened the place up.”
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