Station group to be platform for change
Caring for rail sites
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