A community group seeking to save a Victorian-era station building in Suffolk threatened with demolition is still actively seeking partners as time is running out.

Trimley Station Community Trust is hoping 'funding can be found and a stay of execution will be forthcoming' as rail firm Greater Anglia assesses 'potential next steps' for the building's future.

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A spokesperson for the train operator said 'no viable plans' had been put forward for the station building despite a decade of engagement between Greater Anglia and the trust.

The trust's chair Adrian Reynolds said bids had been made for lottery funding, but these had all been rejected, while other potential sources required levels of match funding which the trust did not have.

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He added: "Obviously, we are disappointed and concerned for the future of the station buildings at Trimley.

"As a community trust, we have been campaigning to save and restore the buildings and return them to community use- and to these ends, have.

"We have raised a large sum of funds which was spent making the buildings safe in order to continue the restoration work."

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In 2019, rail firm Network Rail announced plans to demolish the building but agreed to hand over the lease to the trust if enough funding was secured.

Currently, the station building, which closed in the 1960s, stands derelict and in a dilapidated state of repair, with slate tiles missing from the weed-infested roof, while grey fencing surrounds the structure.

Having opened in 1891, the building is thought to be the sole surviving country railway station constructed by the Great Eastern Railway in Suffolk.

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Recently, Greater Anglia carried out work to refurbish the footbridge and re-wire the station, which initially sparked concerns among locals that the building was about to be demolished.

The Greater Anglia spokesperson said: "The building at Trimley station has not been in operational use for decades and we’re currently working to determine its future.

"We have engaged with the Friends of Trimley group for more than a decade to see if a suitable use for the building- and funding sources for any proposals- could be found.

"However, as no viable plans have so far been put forward, we are assessing the potential next steps."