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Brandon campaign to stop train station house demolition

A Brandon man is asking residents to help him save the Station Master’s house at the town’s train station.

Andy Erlam and other representatives from the village met managers of Greater Anglia at the station last week to try to get them to reconsider their plans to demolish the historical building.

He said: “It would be reckless to destroy a building simply because Greater Anglia doesn’t want the responsibility for upkeep.

Brandon Train Station(14286284)
Brandon Train Station(14286284)

“The building has unique Brandon flint work which should be preserved for posterity.”

The train operator’s plans, which were first shown in January, include increasing parking to 100 spaces and building a waiting shelter in place of the house, which they say will modernise the station and hopefully increase train travel from it.

A Greater Anglia spokesperson said: “More than 4,000 new homes are due to be built in Brandon and we need to make the station fit for purpose, both now and for the future.

“The station house building has not been used for several decades and is in poor condition, and the local authority has granted permission for demolition.”

Greater Anglia’s representatives also explained that they will be investing £1m into the station with the house’s demolition set for September.

The Norfolk Historical Society is trying to form a plan to save the house and, though the train operator has agreed to look at it once it is submitted, it said any feedback or comments from members of the public or organisations needed to get to them by August 31.

Matt Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, who had been told about the meeting, said: “This is a much loved, historic building and it is part of Brandon’s rich history.

“I would ask that the decision be halted so that Greater Anglia has a chance to consult with the Norfolk Historical Society and the community so that all options can be considered.”

Mr Erlam has created a petition against the demolition of the house. For more details, email andyerlam@ymail.com

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