Trimley Station

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Trimley Building Preservation Group

Trimley station is the last Victorian station building left in the county built by the Great Eastern Railway so it is really important that this piece of architectural heritage remains to be used and appreciated by the community.

As its state of repair is rapidly declining, Network Rail expressed their intention to demolish the station building after deeming it unviable to maintain. This sparked off a lot of local interest and many residents called for the building to be saved.

Open Heritage helped establish Trimley Station Preservation Group to ‘restore and preserve the Trimley Railway Station building and to maintain it in use as a community facility’.

The Group was established to form a company limited by guarantee, and then seek charitable status. Approaches are now being made for seed funding which would provide the group to undertake an options appraisal regarding future uses of the building.

Via community consultation and questionnaire, identified preferred uses include a multi-purpose meeting room, café, library facility, information centre with internet access. The group has identified six local organisations looking fora regular meeting venue  and has received two offers to use the station as a café franchise.
It’s exciting to see the transfer of historic buildings into community use, and vital that built heritage remains viable and valued.

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