By Connie Osborne Thursday 24 October 2013 Updated: 25/10 07:54
A CLOUD of confusion surrounds whether or not people can smoke inside the town’s bus station.
The Kingfisher Shopping Centre’s speaker system currently states it is illegal to smoke in the bus station, while no smoking signs are also placed around the building.
But Lakeside resident Roy Preen has questioned why on several occasions people had been smoking inside the station and no action had been taken by security guards.
“What do you do? You can’t really say anything as there are signs everywhere and you don’t know how people will react, but I don’t think people should have to put up with it, especially when there are little kiddies around.”
He said when he approached one of the centre’s managers to ask for something to be done he was told they needed Redditch Borough Council’s permission to enforce the rule.
But a spokeswoman from council said because the station was more than 50 per cent open it did not fall under legislation for smoking in enclosed spaces and no action could be taken against people lighting up.
“The bus station area has previously been assessed as being at least half open to the elements. This means that while the Kingfisher Centre as landowners can put up signs and politely request people to not smoke there, they are unable to legally impose financial penalties under smoking legislation.”
Centre manager Ken Williams said he was aware people were legally allowed to smoke although it was undesirable for some passengers.
“The council has classified the area correctly and people can smoke although we do discourage it particularly at entrances where it can become quite busy,” he said.
“We are currently looking at the station at the moment following talks with the gentleman, and will see where we can go from here.”
He added the public announcement would be changed.
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