Historic station awaits news of fate

CAMPAIGNERS are waiting to hear if a village railway station will be saved from the bulldozers - and recognised as part of the country's architectural heritage.

CAMPAIGNERS are waiting to hear if a village railway station will be saved from the bulldozers - and recognised as part of the country's architectural heritage.

Rail bosses want to demolish Trimley station because they say it is current condition means it is too dangerous to leave standing and too expensive to maintain - and would cost �100,000 to repair.

Officers at Suffolk Coastal though believe the Victorian building merits consideration for listing by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport because of the quality of its architecture, and its historical value.

It is the only surviving country station from the old Great Eastern Railway, and is older than Felixstowe Town Station, which is grade two listed.


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The council has now asked the government to list the station - and ministry officials have six months to decide.

Head of planning services Philip Ridley said it was a lengthy process but at least the building was safe from demolition in the meantime.

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The Building Preservation Notice currently means the station must be treated as a listed building until the application is decided one way or the other.

Mr Ridley said it would also help the case for keeping the building if someone was to come forward quickly with a plan for a new use for it.

The Felixstowe and Trimleys Peninsula Futures Group is seeking schemes for which possible funding might be available - and has been asked to consider the station as a project to carry out in the Trimley villages.

Mr Ridley said the station, built in 1891, has previously had permission for conversion to a wine bar and restaurant and other uses might also be suitable.

What should be done with Trimley Station? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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