The Bury St Edmunds Station Project is over we’re sorry to say!
Anglia Railway have served us with a notice of termination of our lease. They need the land that is part of the property to make a car-park for 33 cars to service the commuters that use the railway. This will not give us any parking spaces at all.
They did offer us a new lease for the property but at the same terms as the original with no reduction in rent to allow for losing the land outside. A condition of our planning consent states there has to be a mini-bus drop off area and parking space for it and disabled parking. There would be no safe area for people with disabilities to walk into the building. Consequently we had to turn this down.
We want to put on record our thanks to all of you that have supported this project. We are extremely grateful for the donations, the physical help and encouragement you have shown us during these past 6 years of trying to set up a centre for both the community and people with disabilities.
Total costs to date are around £30,000. This covered fees, surveys, licenses and some building work and demolition and landscaping. We wouldn’t have got this far without your help. It took 3 years to negotiate the terms of the lease and we’ve been 3 years in trying to raise the money for the refurbishment. We were very hopeful we were about to get the grants needed to start the main work but had to close down our application. It was a blessing we were not granted the funding because Anglia Railways would still have served notice on us.
We are now regrouping and assessing what we do next. The Milkmaid isn’t finished and we’ll take this disappointment in our stride but we’re not going to stop looking for a suitable building to suit our needs. Perhaps we won’t be as ambitious by looking at Grade 2 listed buildings in the future, although the station would have been perfect for our needs.
Watch this space!