'Gimme shelter' plea bears fruit

Pupils at St Joseph's School who travel to school by bus are likely to get shelter from the elements when waiting for the bus by this winter.

Last year, the Queenstown Times reported the Queenstown Lakes District Council was proposing to relocate two bus shelters to Hallenstein St after two St Joseph's pupils made a submission on the council's draft annual plan.

The submission from Francesca O'Malley and Poppy Lake said the present bus stop - a slab of concrete - became too hot to sit on during summer and offered no shelter during winter.

Last week, council transport senior engineer Richard Hilliard said the plan to shift shelters from another area would not go ahead because of the sizing of the Hallenstein St concrete pad.

Instead, the council was ordering new bus shelters from Auckland.

Mr Hilliard said there was an option of ordering one large shelter rather than two small shelters but the council was establishing whether the large shelter would fit the area and provide enough shelter.

The large shelter option was $15,000 whereas the small shelters cost $12,000.

Whichever option the council decided on was expected to be installed ''sometime before June'', Mr Hilliard said.