A PARISH councillor has said it will be a waste of council funds to replace a village bus stop which was built in 1964.

Steve Turner, from Much Birch Parish Council, said the bus shelter in King's Thorn was built by local builders and has stood the test of time.

Herefordshire Council said they need to replace it because of asbestos in the roof, but Cllr Turner said it is out of harm's way.

The council also said it needs to make sure the bus shelter is accessible for all, but Cllr Turner said a short ramp would make it suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

He said: "Herefordshire Council can find £11,000 to £12,000 to replace this bus stop which doesn't need replacing."

Balfour Beatty Living Places, on behalf of Herefordshire Council, said the popular bus stop has been identified as being a key stop along main routes, but it is currently not accessible for all.

Spokesman Antonia Walton added: "The safety of the public is of paramount importance.

"Maintaining the current bus stop with the asbestos remaining in situ is not advisable, and is therefore not a viable option.

"While there is cost to upgrading the bus stop and removing the asbestos, Balfour Beatty and Herefordshire Council are trying to encourage sustainable transport which is available to everyone.

"Therefore the scheme provides a clear benefit to residents and is seen as a good long term investment into the local community."