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What a shambles- hopes for early reuse of the Thetford Station Masters House dashed

The Trust has shown its commitment to taking a project forward by being willing to invest time in exploring options and by showing its willingness to part fund the scheme from their reserves to help ensure its viability.

The Trust was alerted to the plight of the Station Master's House by the Thetford Society which is keen to see the house restored. Its Chairman Stuart Wright who is also the Mayor of Thetford said, "It seems there is currently an impasse with Greater Anglia seemingly unwilling to release the building to the Trust to bring the building into use but at the same time not wishing to carry out the urgent repairs to the listed building. We are grateful for the involvement of local MP Elizabeth Truss brokering meetings with the interested parties, but it seems despite her interest, Greater Anglia cannot find a way forward. The building is at a gateway to the town and recently could be seen in Michael Portillo's Great Railway Journeys when he alighted at Thetford, it deserves some urgent action".

Elizabeth Truss MP said of the impasse 'This is extremely disappointing. Despite many meetings progress has still not been made. The Station Master's House is the gateway to Thetford and as such must be properly presented and fully utilised. It is regrettable that Greater Anglia/Abellio has not changed its position as there was considerable support from the EEBPT and the Thetford Society to transform the building. With the A11 works due for completion this year, tourism increasing and more homes being built in the area, passengers numbers at the station will rise. I will continue to work with the Thetford Society and EEBPT to ensure the building is maintained and for action to be taken by Greater Anglia.'

All interested parties still hope that the company might have a change of heart and actively facilitate an early solution involving the reuse of the building or as a minimum undertake long overdue repairs/maintenance to halt the further and potentially fatal deterioration of the precious fabric.

Contacts
Stephen Conrad Chairman EEBPT www.eebpt.org.uk
Stuart Wright Chairman Thetford Society www.thetfordsociety.org.uk
Fiona Wright Senior Adviser to Elizabeth Truss MP

 

2013 Lecture

EEBPT is delighted to announce the speakers for its 2013 lecture at English Heritage's offices on Brooklands Ave Cambridge on THURSDAY 21st November.

Arrive from 5.45 for a prompt 6.15 start.

John Minnis of EH will be talking about the impact of the motor car on our built settlement between 1920 and 1940 and Peter Minter (the CEO of the Bulmer Brick and Tile Co) will talk on From Clay to Kiln to Brick.

Tickets including coffee are £7 and can be obtained from Jenny Page at jenny.page@beaconplanning.co.uk

tel 01223 810994

The Flint House 67 Lynn Rd Wisbech

EEBPT delighted to see another Fenland 'Building at Risk' undergoing restoration. May 2013 For years this lovely little building on Fenland's Buildings At Risk list had sat empty on the edge of the food factory site in Lynn Road Wisbech and it is wonderful to see it now has an independent access and is undergoing restoration.

The Flint House

Details for those interested in renting it are available from Maxey Grounds and Co 01954 583123.

Cambridgeshire Mills Study

Thanks to a generous grant from English Heritage EEBPT was able to commission Simon Hudson to undertake a valuable study of Cambridgeshire's Mills. The Report is now available to download on the website but it is a large document.

(view pdf report here)

EEBPT in discussions with Greater Anglia re The Station Master's House at Thetford

Thanks to the support of Elizabeth Truss MP EEBPT has been in discussion with Greater Anglia since July 2012 regarding the care, maintenance and reuse of the former Station Master's House at Theford. It was very disappointing that the Trust's proposals for bringing the property back into residential use were rejected at a meeting with management in July 2013 but it is still hoped that this lovely building will be maintained by Greater Anglia in order that an alternative use will be viable at some point in the future.

March 2012 Lecture

EEBPT held a very successful fund raising lecture at the wonderful Victorian All Saints Church on Jesus Lane Cambridge on the 7th March 2012. Those attending our Lecture on 'Conservation in Practice' enjoyed two entertaining and expert speakers - Matthew Seabourn of Donald Insall Associates who talked on his work at Jesus College and Tobit Curteis of Tobeit Curtis Associates who talked on the conservation of wall paintings.

The Trust supports the Society for the Protection of Ancent Buildings (www.spab.org.uk) [11.10.2009]

Annual Maintenance Week from 20th November to 27th November 2009 and is planning a project that raises awareness on its Gutters Day on 27th November.

All owners should be aware that basic, sound maintenance for any building can save thousands of pounds later on and dramatically reduce the risk of serious decay to irrepaceable historic fabric.

Job Vacancies [ 01.10.2009 ]

The Trust is keen to strengthen its skills base.

It is currently seeking a Treasurer but would also welcome voluntary help from those with other skills and time - for example, architectural and fund raising.

chbpt now eebpt [05.07.2007]

The Trust has (summer 2007) changed its name from Cambridgeshire Historic Buildings Preservation Trust to ensure that it is in a position to find an interesting new project hopefully involving a building or buildings where there will be at least an element or elements of community use.  

Potential project in Peterborough [05.04.2007]

We have recently been approached in relation to assisting with a project in Peterborough.  Although this falls outside our remit, it has given the trust cause for thought and will be discussed at the next meeting.  The project involves a derelict barn which has grade II listing and was put on the 'buildings at risk' register in February.