Campsea Ashe: Proposals to transform historic station house go on display

Station House on the map group and visitors outside Campsea Ashe Station, Station Road, Campsea Ashe

Station House on the map group and visitors outside Campsea Ashe Station, Station Road, Campsea Ashe. Left to right, Linda Main, Anne Crisp, Nigel Crisp, Maxine Cooper, Rosamund Webb, Michael Ball, Mick Hammond, Robert Webb, Mike Atkins and Margot Wobey. - Credit: Andrew Partridge

A VISION to transform a derelict station house and create a social hub for the surrounding community has gone on show to members of the public.

Robert Webb next to plans on show at Campsea Ashe Station, Station Road, Campsea Ashe.

Robert Webb next to plans on show at Campsea Ashe Station, Station Road, Campsea Ashe. - Credit: Andrew Partridge

The proposals for the historic building, which is next to Wickham Market Station in Campsea Ashe and has been empty for seven years, were recently unveiled. The aim is to provide “something for everyone” in the wider cluster of nearby parishes.

The plans include creating a local area information resource – promoting amenities, events and support networks along with the work of local heritage and environmental groups. It is also hoped to provide an improved rail passenger service with better ticket and waiting room facilities, a café, local map and bookshop, rooms for hire for businesses and community groups, wi-fi and broadband access and an interactive exhibition on the history of the East Suffolk line.

Rosamund Webb, who is one of those spearheading the bid, said they were delighted with the weekend’s turnout. “It went very well and we had a steady flow of people coming to see the proposals,” she said. “What was nice is that it wasn’t just those from the village, we had visitors from across the local area all with different interests. Some popped in because they use the station, others were railway enthusiasts. There was a real spread. The feedback was extremely positive.”

As well as the plans visitors could also view part of a heritage exhibition, while representatives from both Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council were also on hand.

The project, which has taken a year to research, is being led by villagers who have joined forces to form an Industrial and Provident Society for the benefit of the community (IPS Bencom). They need to raise £520,000, with 60% coming through grant applications and the rest - £208,000 - through donations.

Mrs Webb said: “We are very keen to hear from people who think they can support the project. It’s not just a question of money but also spreading the word as much as possible. That’s just as important as making a donation.”

Most Read

For more details visit www.stationhousecampseaashe.co.uk, email rosamund@stationhousecampseaashe.co.uk or call 01728 746847.