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Last chance to back historic Gedling Station levy bid

Four-week consultation period ends Monday February 13

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A charity wanting to steam ahead with plans to renovate Gedling’s historic station building are hoping that their bid for fresh funding will help pay for the project.

Their bid for £75,000 from Gedling Borough Council’s local Community Infrastructure Levy is part of a four-week consultation that commenced on January 16 and closes today (13).

The charity managing the station project is Gedling Youth & Community Hub. It’s chairman is Francis Rodrigues.

Francis Rodrigues, said: “I would now ask all our brilliant supporters & volunteers to support our CIL application by completing the comments section on the consultation.”

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Full details of the CIL and a link to the comments form can be found HERE

The charity continues it’s good work at the historic building with the old gymnasium having been demolished and made safe in the last couple of weeks.

Pictured: The old gymnasium has been demolished and made safe (Gedling Eye)
Pictured: The gym has been demolished (Gedling Eye)

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a charge which can be levied by local authorities on new development in their area. It is an important tool for local authorities to use to help them deliver the infrastructure needed to support development in their area.

Gedling Borough Council introduced CIL in October 2015.

The levy can be used to fund a very broad range of facilities including, but not limited to play areas, open spaces, parks and green spaces, cultural and sports facilities. Local authorities must spend the levy on infrastructure needed to support the development of their area, and they will decide what infrastructure is needed.

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The public can have their say on who is awarded funds from the Levy through a consultation.

A planning application recently submitted revealed exciting new plans for the building on Shearing Hill.

You can find the details about the renovation project by viewing the project’s recent planning application 2022/1359 .

Volunteers are always welcome to support the project. 

Further information and contact details can be found on https://www.gedlingyouth.co.uk/

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The station has a long history…

Gedling station was originally built by the Great Northern Railway (GNR) and opened to goods traffic in 1874, passenger services began to use the station on 1 February 1876. 

On 4 April 1960 Gedling Station was closed to passenger traffic and in 1967 the former station site was converted into a youth club.

Investments from various sources saw the former sidings converted into an outside football pitch.

A large gymnasium was also constructed on the front side of the station, although the main fabric of the old building remained in place beneath it (and continues to do so today). 

The building operated successfully as a youth club for over 40 years and was finally closed in 2012, in large part due to the need for improvements in order to ensure that this historic building met modern health and safety standards.

The above is just a snippet of the history of Gedling Station to be found on www.gedlingyouth.co.uk.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. More history in Arnod and this money shud be spent there as we have Richard Bonnington who is a world famous painter and deserves a museium so maybe cash could be spent there. Arnold is our capital our London and not many tourists visit Gedling where they do our town

    • So get your bid. We made our bid based on the history & heritage on our Victorian building from 1876. Arnold gets more than its fair share of public money invested in its area. The AMP being the latest example. Arnold is not the center of the borough let’s have some local “leveling up” this side of Mapperley Plains.

  2. No chance. An old man hobby. No chance this will be of any use. It is just giving some pensioners something to do and we should NOT be chucking money at it

    • Nobody is “chucking money” at it. CiL is paid by developers not council tax payers. GYCH is run by responsible trustees working for the local community.
      Get the facts & not make baseless comments.

    • What do you base your comments on? Have u actually looked at the plans? It will be a community hub that caters for young & old alike. Somewhere where people can just meet to chat. A place for anyone who has mental health issues or is just lonely. Another idea is to use the cafe as a “repair” cafe where people can meet & swap & repair second hand cloths. Social gatherings. “Some pensioners? How rude.

    • Nobody is “chucking money” at it. CiL is paid by developers not council tax payers. GYCH is run by responsible trustees working for the local community.
      Get the facts & not make baseless comments.

    • very well said, turn it into something people want and would feel welcome, not just the minority who seem to get involved in everything rather than giving others a say but keeps them busy rather than counting lorries on shearing hill, maybe a transport cafe would be great

  3. What do you base your comments on? Have u actually looked at the plans? It will be a community hub that caters for young & old alike. Somewhere where people can just meet to chat. A place for anyone who has mental health issues or is just lonely. Another idea is to use the cafe as a “repair” cafe where people can meet & swap & repair second hand cloths. Social gatherings. “Some pensioners? Ageist comment

  4. I for one look forward to the redevelopment. People have worked hard in their own time to do this and it looks like things are really moving. Taking an old derelict building and creating something for the community is amazing. Knocking down the gym is a great start and looks great. Keep up the good work !

    • Thank you Jonny. The gym was unsafe and as
      a not-for profit Reg Charity we have responsibilities to keep people safe. When we got a report from a qualified structural engineer concerning the flat roof we moved quickly to have it demolished. Onwards & upwards. Hopefully more big strides on 2023. We have over 40 volunteers of all age groups pulling together for their local Community. I hear the nay sayers but am undaunted by their ill informed moans.
      All decisions & actions we take are determined by professionally qualified experts. Ty

  5. it will not survive and is a waste of money that is better spent elsewhere, better to spent it on the run down play areas that exist, not aware other community buildings are fully booked with people queuing around the block and one in the centre of Gedling is used very little which was for the people of Gedling, also libraries that could be used and some are used for community hubs

    • Lee you are ill informed about this project. The building has survived for almost 150 years & now with funding & professionally qualified & experienced trustees it will go from strength to strength despite ill informed comments. It’s listed locally as a building of local interest. The GYCH trustees have consulted with local residents + 1700 pupils at CLW so we know what people of all ages want. U keep up the good work in Arnold we can manage without you . Zzzzzzz

  6. spot on Lee. keep up the getting involved in everything in Gedling, and how welcomer are new trustees, too many fingers in pies but keeps ppl busy now Gedling by pass has been built and what a waste of money that it

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