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Trimley Station Community Trust is delighted to be able to announce that following the grant of the tenancy earlier this year the formalities have now been completed. This tenancy has triggered the Trust’s ability to start urgent repairs works to the building. It feels like a long journey as so much time, hope and dedication has gone into getting to this point. To know that the urgent works can now begin is a huge relief to the Trust, and the friends and supporters too.
Following a successful application to Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Capital Grant fund the Trust have been awarded £4000 towards the repair works. The Trust has also received grants from County Councillor John Goodwin and District Councillor Susan Harvey. The Friends of Trimley Station fundraising group have raised the remaining £7000 needed through their hard work and determination.
District Councillor Susan Harvey said: “It is marvellous to see this historic building being rescued. Trimley Station will once again be serving the local community again but in a very different way. A community hub for the Trimleys will be a very useful asset and I was only too pleased to be able to support it with some of my Community Enabling Budget. I look forward to watching the development of this exciting project.”
The urgent repair works are scheduled to start on Tuesday 21st October 2014. These repair works are needed to make the building safe. The Morton Partnership have complete a full structural survey as part of the wider project to fully restore the station buildings and to return them to community use. The survey found there are urgent works required to save the platform-side wall of the main station building and this is what will begin on October 21st.
The buildings have been out of use since 1967 and have suffered vandalism and theft of the important lead flashing that used to keep the building watertight. Keeping the building watertight is vital to prevent further degeneration and the first steps in the long road to restoration.
The completion of the tenancy agreement along with the offer of a long term lease of no less than 25 years means the Trust can now start its larger fundraising efforts. The overall cost of the project is projected to be in the region of £350,000. The Trust already have £60,000 of this pledged from the Railway Heritage Trust.
Chairman of the Trust, Robert Scrimgeour, said: “We are very grateful for the very patient support and enduring faith shown by a huge number of people in the Trimleys and Felixstowe in the merits of our project to restore this cherished local historic building. We are also pleased that our partner in the project, Abellio Greater Anglia, has come good on their promise of support. Patience, however, does not keep the rain out, which is why it is vital that we undertake the urgent works to weatherproof the damaged building as quickly as possible.”
The next phase of the project is to complete a Stage 1 application to the Heritage Lottery fund (HLF). The Trust have already had positive feedback from the HLF following an expressions of interest application. The Trust have received further support from their local District Councillor Graham Harding who has been able to offer the Trust funding from his Enabling Communities fund to support the completion of the Stage 1 HLF application.