REMOVING seats from a bus shelter in Grafton's main street will lead to less anti-social behaviour says the man who ordered their removal.
Clarence Valley Council works and civil director, Troy Anderson, said the seats from the bus shelter were removed as one of a range of measures aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour around Market Square.
He said an Aboriginal liaison officer with the NSW Police, a crime prevention officer and a council representative met in Market Square in May to discuss measures to improve the area's safety and amenity.
He said it was decided at that meeting to install vandal resistant light fittings in the shelter; to install a new light on a council pole near the back of the Grafton fire station that had been identified as an escape point for suspects being pursued by authorities; and to trim the height of vegetation on either side of the shelter to improve passive surveillance. "All these measures are complete," he said.
"At a subsequent meeting the officers determined the inward facing, closely spaced arrangements of the seats in the shelter facilitated congregation and intimidating behaviour, so the decision was made to remove the seats.
"We recognise (the) ... inconvenience to bus users, but we need to do everything we can to reduce anti-social behaviour.
"We will be installing a new, purpose-built bus shelter according to crime prevention through environmental design principles as soon as possible."