Stirling Council has announced that from 1 January 2021 Stirling Bus Station will become a smoke-free area.
The move comes after councillors approved amendments to the Management Rules for Stirling Bus Station to ban smoking inside and outside of the station.
Management Rules first came into place for the bus station on 22 December 2009 and where due to be reviewed on 21 December 2019. However, this was extended for 6 months at a meeting last year on the 5 December to allow a period of review.
But, due to Covid-19 the review was pushed back.
Management Rules cover the entire bus station inside and out. Additionally, they prohibit many forms of anti-social behaviour.
For Stirling Bus Station the no-smoking policy will cover areas not just within the buildings but also the areas covered by the bus shelter canopies and the forecourt.
The new Management Rules will take effect from 2021 onwards.
Commenting on the new rules, Cllr Jim Thomson, Convener of the Environment & Housing Committee at Stirling Council, said: “I’m sure residents and visitors using the station will find it a much more welcoming environment for travel with this change.
“Shared spaces such as shelters and walkways should be safe, healthy spaces, and stubbing out smoking will bring improved air quality and reduce littering caused by discarded cigarettes.
“It was a logical step to update the rules and make the station a safer environment for all.”
Also commenting on the new rules Vice Convener, Cllr Danny Gibson, added: “The bus station is one of the first things people will see when they visit Stirling, and it’s also a vital transport hub for residents who work or need to travel outwith Stirling City centre.
“It makes sense to do what we can to ensure the Bus Station is as safe, healthy and welcoming an environment as possible.”
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