A group of volunteers are calling on the local community to back their bid to get a historic village station building repaired and returned to its former glory.
Gedling Village Preservation Society (GVPS) plan to raise money to regenerate the former Gedling Station building on Shearing Hill and transform it into an asset for the local community.
They are also appealing to Gedling Borough Council to list the site as a building of historical interest to help secure its future.
The building dates back to 1875 and was used by passengers to board trains on the Great Northern Railway. It closed back in 1960. After its closure the former station building was used to housed Gedling Youth Club from 1967 until 2012.
Now the GVPS is in the process of writing a business and neighbourhood plan to change its use and secure its future. These include turning the former station building into a cafe or railway heritage centre.
Francis Rodrigues, who is secretary for the group, hopes local people will back their campaign.
He said: “We have started to campaign to save the former station building. it has declined and in need of lots of TLC and money to restore it as an asset that could be used by the community.
“We have written a neighbourhood and business plan that outlines our plans to restore the old station as a place where businesses could operate from.
“There are plans to create a greenway from Netherfield along the old mineral line that runs to Gedling Country Park. The line is now protected as a future tram line as well as a cycle and walk way. It is just sitting there just waiting to be used.
“The old station could house a cycle and walking gear hire & buy business as well as becoming a mining and railway heritage centre. It could also double as a community centre or stop-off cafe for cyclists and walkers between Netherfield and the Country Park.
He added: “The potential is huge especially with 2,000 new houses being built on the old Gedling Colliery and also Teal Close in the next ten years. ”
William Cheetham is one of the people leading campaign to save the station. He held a meeting with Gedling Borough Council leader Cllr John Clarke about the future of the station earlier this week, which he said were positive.
He said:” Following a meeting with Cllr John Clarke we now have his full support to save the station buildings.
He is helping us hopefully getting it listed as a building of local interest. I understand Gedling Village Preservation Society are to submit a list of buildings they consider are part of Gedling’s local heritage. From this will come a bid for Lottery Heritage funding.”
A Friends of Gedling Station Facebook page has been set up the group has also held ‘positive’ talks with Gedling Borough Council about their plans.
You can find the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/430676157305787/