‘THE PLANS ARE ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT’
Around 100 people viewed the AIMREC plans for the model railway museum in its first four hours on Saturday.
Two visitors were Hugh and Rebecca Nightingale, of Manor House Drive, Park Farm, who are both volunteers with the Kent and East Sussex Railway in Tenterden.
Mrs Nightingale, 39, said: “The plans are absolutely excellent. It‘s going to be very educational. It’s also good to show the younger generation how railways used to be and how they can be in the future.”
Mr Nightingale, 55, said: “I think this is going to be an important asset to the town. It’s going to really give people another focus and reason to come to the town.
“Something is needed to help regenerate the town centre, and hopefully this will be somewhere where people can come for half a day or a day, out perhaps combining it with the Outlet Centre next door.
“It should give the town more focus, which it has really lacked in recent years.”
AIMREC chief executive Cliff Parsons said: “We have had very positive feedback. We’ve had many visitors from the residents of the Newtown area who this could possibly affect.
To date they’ve been very positive about the whole thing and about the prospect of work and bringing in a lot of money into the area.
“One person was concerned about the state of parking because of the Outlet and during the week with the Javelin train services to London.
“They feel that they are getting an overspill already from people parking in the side streets of Newtown.”
An artist’s impression of the planned new model railway museum
Hugh and Rebecca Nightingale at the exhibition