'I got so fed up with filthy bus stop I cleaned it myself'
A PENSIONER armed herself with a mop and bucket and gave a "filthy" Mumbles bus stop a good old scrub.
Pauline Tancock announced her intentions on radio station Swansea Sound - and was as good as her word.
The 73-year-old, of Norton, spent more than an hour mopping and scrubbing the bus stop opposite the Co-operative Food Store in Mumbles Road.
She said there was vomit on the perspex shelter.
"It was absolutely filthy," she said. "I washed it down with disinfectant. And I got all the cobwebs down.
"The one thing I could not do was the top of the roof.
"It had been dreadful to see elderly people standing there.
"And how awful for visitors?"
Mrs Tancock said she received a few pats on the back for her efforts.
"People were saying, 'It's nice to see a clean shelter', and, 'Good on you'," she said.
"I was determined to do it. I used to work with old people and I have a passion for them."
Mrs Tancock had previously campaigned for the bus shelter, cobbling together a petition with more than 300 signatures.
"I stood out in the pouring rain with the petition - I didn't care," she said.
Mumbles Community Council also pursued the bus shelter idea with Swansea Council. In the end, ward councillor Tony Colburn contributed £3,500 via his member's environmental allowance, and it was installed last year.
The community council also helps funds a full-time cleaner in Mumbles, contributing more than £12,000 per year.
Mr Colburn said people could contact the community council clerk, Steve Heydon, with a request to clean any mucky hotspots.
To request the Mumbles cleaner, phone Mr Heydon on 01792 363598.