Updated: Mar 3
A bright new taxi shelter which is set to accommodate passing pollinators, as well as waiting passengers has been installed in Worthing town centre.
The new, sustainable structure has replaced the old shelter at the town's main taxi rank in Chapel Road.
Fitted with a Living Roof full of wildflowers and sedum plants, the shelter is rich in nectar to support bees, butterflies, birds and other insects and animals on their travels.
The Living Roof will also positively contribute towards climate resilience by absorbing falling rainwater, capturing polluting air particles and aiding the reduction of the town's ‘urban heat island' effect, therefore helping to make the town a greener and happier place overall.
As well as supporting biodiversity, the lighting and visibility of the structure has also been vastly improved. This forms part of wider work to ensure that vulnerable members of the community get home safely.
The shelter in Chapel Road has been installed by Clear Channel UK, and adds to the two Living Roof bus stops which were upgraded on South Street last year. The new shelter has been paid for by the Council.
To make the town's shelter unique, it also features the bright colours, logo and website address of the borough's place brand, Time for Worthing.
Cllr Vicki Wells, Worthing's Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “It's fantastic that this taxi shelter has been improved to help support biodiversity.
“The green roof is full of goodness for passing pollinators. Sedum flowers are especially accessible for honey bees and I can't wait to see it in a few months time when the flowers begin to bloom - it will look fantastic.”
Will Ramage, Clear Channel UK's Managing Director, said: “The installation of a Living Roof on top of a taxi shelter is a fantastic example of the numerous possibilities these structures can provide.
“We enjoy seeing how local authorities utilise Living Roofs to showcase how we can be creative in making space for wildlife, even in our most urban areas, and we look forward to our continued work with Worthing Borough Council in the future.”