Opin­ions in­vited on rail mu­seum plans

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Opin­ions are in­vited on the plans for a pro­posed model rail­way mu­seum in Ash­ford.

The Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Model Rail­way Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre (AIMREC) group has sub­mit­ted a screen­ing opin­ion ap­pli­ca­tion to Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) ahead of the full plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, which is ex­pected to be sub­mit­ted by the end of the month.

The scheme in­volves a full re­de­vel­op­ment of the old Klondyke Rail­way Works site in New­town.

De­tails in­clude a 30,000 sq ft build­ing with a huge dis­play area, lec­ture and demon­stra­tion theatre, spe­cial­ist model shop, cafe and ob­ser­va­tion deck for visi­tors to watch the Eurostar travel over the viaduct.

Res­i­dents are in­vited to take part in a public con­sul­ta­tion for the plans this Satur­day and Sun­day at the Ash­ford De­signer Out­let in Kim­ber­ley Way.

Site plans, ac­cess de­tails and ar­chi­tect de­signs of the pro­pos­als will be on dis­play and com­ments will be wel­comed.

Cliff Par­sons, who is co-or­di­nat­ing the pro­ject, said: “We are mov­ing for­ward and look­ing for­ward to our con­sul­ta­tion this week­end to see what the pu blic thinks.”

The pro­posed mu­seum has re­ceived high pro­file celebrity endorsement, in­clud­ing from The Who front­man Roger Dal­trey and TV pre­sen­ter and mu­si­cian Jools Hol­land.

Mr Par­sons said Jools Hol­land would have liked to at­tend this week­end, but un­for­tu­nately is un­well.

Rocker Dal­trey, a model rail­way en­thu­si­ast, for­mally ac­cepted the role of joint pa­tron of AIMREC last year, shar­ing the role with mil­lion­aire busi­ness­man Sir Wil­liam McAlpine.

An artist im­pres­sion of the new model rail­way mu­seum, which will be open for public con­sul­ta­tion

The Who front­man Roger Dal­trey

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