Somerset village wins solar powered bus stop

The village of Churchill in North Somerset has won an online poll to keep a solar-powered bus stop.

North Somerset Council recently teamed up with Prolectric Services, asking residents to vote for their preferred bus stop to receive a solar-powered light.

The competition followed a trial of the solar-powered light at three locations in North Somerset - Tickenham, Churchill and Portbury – with residents taking to Facebook to vote for their choice. 

After two weeks of voting, Churchill was the clear winner with 53% of the vote. 

The competition received well over the target of 500 votes and so the solar-powered light will be installed for free courtesy of Prolectric Services.

We wanted to publicise the exciting solar-powered products that we offer and the opportunity to work with North Somerset Council was the perfect chance,” said Managing Director of Prolectric, Chris Williams.

"We are delighted that the Facebook competition created so much interaction and reached over 27,000 people. We are thrilled to be installing one of our all-in-one solar lights free of charge for the residents of Churchill."

North Somerset Council’s Deputy Leader and Executive Member Responsible for Transport, Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, said: "I'm pleased that we have been able to work with Prolectric to improve bus stop infrastructure in the Churchill area and would like to thank all those who voted.

"The solar-powered light is not only an example of the council's commitment to improving use of green energy, but will make it safer for local residents and school students to catch the bus as well. It has also shown how social media has connected so many North Somerset residents in such an engaging way."

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues