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« Reply #120 on: April 19, 2017, 01:29:16 PM »

From the SRUG Facebook page:
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  I hope you will be pleased to know that Saltash Town Council announced last night that it had reached an agreement to acquire the former Saltash Station site. The vision for the site is to provide passenger facilities such as toilets, waiting room and a cafe, along with other community uses, and some commercial letting space to help with overall viability.   

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« Reply #121 on: April 26, 2017, 07:20:18 PM »

Saltash station building really is a mess, more so on the road side.

yet back in the 1950's Saltash station took more in fares than any other station in Cornwall except Truro.
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« Reply #122 on: April 26, 2017, 07:31:58 PM »

Thanks for that reminder, smokey - and congratulations on your 1,000th post!

Regards, CfN.  Wink

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« Reply #123 on: June 21, 2017, 08:34:55 AM »

On BBC Radio Cornwall this morning an item that Saltash Town Council have now purchased the station house and are intending to do a full restoration on it.  It seems the building is not listed, either.
Nothing on their web site yet in writing as it's too early.  The listen live link is only valid until 9am today.
It can then be heard on iPlayer.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_radio_cornwall

From Cornwall Live on June 6th 2017
http://www.cornwalllive.com/new-life-on-the-way-for-crumbling-saltash-train-station-eyesore-at-gateway-to-cornwall/story-30374161-detail/story.html

New life on the way for crumbling Saltash train station eyesore at gateway to Cornwall
By Jeff_Reines  |  Posted: June 06, 2017


The 'gateway to Cornwall' has been an eyesore but will see new life.
 
A community hub could emerge from the crumbling wreck of a railway station in Cornwall. There have been plans in the works for years to revamp what was the waiting room at Saltash station, which has not served as part of the rail network for more than 30 years.

Now Saltash Town Council has announced that an offer to buy the building, which has changed hands twice in the past decade, from the current owner has been accepted.
The council had previously considered using a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), but Councillor Richard Bickford, secretary of the Saltash Rail Users' Group, said it was "much better" to do it this way.
"We have managed to negotiate a purchase from the current owner," he said, "but that is only half the story as we still need to find all of the funding and put things into place. We hope to reopen the waiting room as a community building, will the potential for office space above."
Then and now: The station has been spruced up.
The station known as the "gateway to Cornwall" has caused upset since it started falling into disrepair, with thousands signing a petition to re-vamp the area.
And owner Darren Bennetts refused previous offers to buy the station from him.
At a meeting in September last year, the council agreed to advance the process towards a CPO but this is now deemed unnecessary.
Councillor Bickford said: "Cornwall Council made the owner spruce up the building, and we have negotiated the purchase of it. We are now starting to work up solid plans and apply for funding to achieve it. It has been a long battle of negotiations, but we have had funding support the Great Western Railway [GWR], which has been pretty supportive.
"It is great for [GWR], the council, and the residents of Saltash to see things happening.
image: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/images/localworld/ugc-images/276351/binaries/16353342.JPG
 
"It has already been made an awful lot better after the clean-up, which helped lot to improve the derelict state of the building, and we now have a real opportunity to move forward. Fortunately we haven't had to go down the CPO route; that would have been very difficult and not something town councils usually get involved with.
"It is much better for everybody to do it in a friendly manner."
image: http://www.cornwalllive.com/images/localworld/ugc-images/276391/binaries/station%202.JPG
 
The councillor has put forward different options for the site, which would include a waiting room, café and toilets, plus additional space for commercial opportunities and community and town council use.

Read more at http://www.cornwalllive.com/new-life-on-the-way-for-crumbling-saltash-train-station-eyesore-at-gateway-to-cornwall/story-30374161-detail/story.html#QwDzw6r3cTW1fTOW.99

Did try and copy/paste but images didn't come out and it's become rather messy - sorry.

   
 
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« Reply #124 on: June 21, 2017, 10:14:05 AM »

I'm happy to read this welcome news that a wonderfully situated piece of railway heritage has been saved.
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