Friday 13 December
The Station Partnership have frequently been asked what is happening to the old building?
We started general enquiries about a ‘simple’ renovation and the formation of a Building Restoration Trust run entirely for the local community by the community.
Our Plan has been well received by the Railway and District Council.
It will be a big project and will need lots of finance and expertise.
There are Capital Grants out there and there are lots of offers to help from around the country for a social enterprise that we envisage here at Mytholmroyd.
Here is an opportunity for the local community of Mytholmroyd and surround area to take control of the disused building at Mytholmroyd railway station that has dominated the streetscape for decades.
It is highly unlikely that the building will ever be used by the railways again – and they have indicated that there should no need to access via the narrow platform other than in emergency. It will therefore no longer be a station building – but a community amenity.
Our initial thoughts are for a mix of private Artist studios/Start-up offices on the First and Second floors and general community use areas on the ground floor..
This is not set-in-stone – but is the basis on which a community enterprise can research and produce a Plan which is acceptable to the various agencies and local people.
At this stage we are seeking active interest from artistic and community groups together with individuals who might have a use for some the space within the building.
We are not seeking to formulate plans/use for the building at this stage – but hope to create a Steering Group from the local community that will become a Building Restoration Trust.
The Steering Group will decide the format of the incorporated compant/trust that will be best suitable for this project.
Some points to consider;
1. Calderdale Council have made a preliminary assessment of the plans and (without prejudice) report few problems envisaged.
2. Any significant alterations/additions to the Plan outlined here will require a fresh submission to the Railway and Council authorities. Both the capital and annual costs required will need to be re-assessed together with any additional revenue required to cover the plan changes.
3. There may be some Grants for the building survey should there be enough local interest to proceed with the project.
4. The owners, Network Rail (NR) have a special lease for community groups. Other groups/organisations will not be permitted to apply for individual lets on the back of a community initiative.
5. Network Rail will require all work to be undertaken to their specification and with approved contractors.
Once an active group is formed from the local community, it will be possible to apply for the necessary Capital Grants that are available and which other railway/stations around the country have offered to help with.
So, it is now up the Mytholmroyd community if they want to see their station building back in use.
The following PDF gives further details of the Plan.
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