Station group to be plat­form for change

Car­ing for rail sites

Lennox Herald - - PROPERTY - Marc McLean

A Friends of Dum­bar­ton Sta­tions group is be­ing set up with the aim of mak­ing train sta­tions in the town look more at­trac­tive.

Fol­low­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of the charity Dum­bar­ton Sta­tions Im­prove­ment Trust (DSIT), it is now pro­posed to form a com­mu­nity group to work along­side it.

The DSIT will con­cen­trate on in­ves­ti­gat­ing long-term plan­ning, con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment and fund­ing for the over­all im­prove­ment of Dum­bar­ton rail­way sta­tions.

Dum­bar­ton Cen­tral Station is a grade A listed build­ing.

A friends group would see mem­bers adopt the sta­tions and help make them more at­trac­tive to res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

This could in­volve planters with bulbs, shrubs and sea­sonal flow­er­ing plants, bat and bird boxes, mu­rals and art­work by lo­cal artists and chil­dren about the town’s history and her­itage, more at­trac­tive no­tice boards and signs to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about the town and lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties.

There are many sim­i­lar station groups through­out Scot­land and fund­ing is avail­able to carry out rel­a­tively small prac­ti­cal projects.

The near­est adopted sta­tions are Cardross and He­lens­burgh and there are sev­eral in Glas­gow.

In­ter­ested res­i­dents are be­ing in­vited to at­tend a meet­ing, where more in­for­ma­tion will be given about the aims of the group and the or­gan­i­sa­tion needed to get started.

The first meet­ing will be held on Monday, Oc­to­ber 24, at 7pm in Ben­view Re­source Cen­tre, Strath­leven Place, Dum­bar­ton.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Rose Harvie on 07806 953787 or email rose@ kos­moid.fs­net.co.uk.

Friends of sta­tions groups can get help from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mu­nity Rail Part­ner­ships, Abel­lio, and Net­work Rail.

A friends group would adopt the sta­tions and make them more at­trac­tive

Im­por­tant Dum­bar­ton Cen­tral is listed grade A

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