DURHAM County Council is drawing up plans to build a bus station on the site of the current one in Durham City’s North Road (Echo, Feb 8).

There's a budget of £8m , and Councillor Carl Marshall, the cabinet member for economic regeneration, said the bus station in its current state “does not do our county justice”.

He is certainly correct. The bus station can be a hell hole during evenings with anti-social behaviour including young women screeching like banshees when I was there a few weeks ago.

The Echo says that because of the “financial climate” previous plans to build a new bus station on the site of Hopper House nearby have been shelved.

Yet the authority still wants to spend £50m on its own vanity project, a new county hall and car park on The Sands.

It makes me wonder where its priorities lie.

Neil McKay, Lanchester