Plans to transform an old village station building into a space for community use are taking shape.
After succeeding with its aim of transforming Mytholmroyd Railway Station into an attractive gateway into the area, Mytholmroyd Station Partnership has now outlined a plan for the disused ticket office.
Geoff Mitchell, chairman of the station partnership, said: “A community-led restoration project of this fine station building is proposed that will not alter the structure internally or externally beyond making it safe and habitable.
“The project will enhance the street-scene with an amenity run by the community, for the community with the possibility of additional benefits for users of the railway services.”
Although the idea was put forward is by the station partnership, a steering group has been formed to take it forward and the charitable incorporated organisation which will eventually run the building. It is anticipated that the running cost of the building will be £10,000, which will be generated from rent income.
The renovated station building would comprise of two sections. On the ground Floor there would be an office for the station development company and storage accommodation for the station partnership and other community groups, as well as exhibition/museum areas and the possibility of a retail area as a potential joint initiative with the train operating company and a community partner.
On the first and second floors the existing and enhanced rooms would become at least six private studios/start-up units for local artists and businesses. An estimated 60sq metres will be available for individual rental plus 20sq metres for community use.
Mr Mitchell said: “It is anticipated that affordable rents for the individual and community spaces will be sufficient to cover the annual running costs of the building.”
Grants to fund the project will be sought after the completion of a feasibility study. Any plans would need the backing of site owners Network Rail.
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