ChilCOmp­tOn reStOra­tiOn planS abOrted aF­ter lO­Cal Op­pO­Si­tiOn

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En­thu­si­asts look­ing to re­store Chilcomp­ton sta­tion have been forced to re­think their plans in the face of op­po­si­tion from lo­cal res­i­dents.

The Friends of Chilcomp­ton Sta­tion was set up ear­lier this year by Chair­man John Gra­ham with the aim of re­build­ing the de­mol­ished sta­tion, and ul­ti­mately re‑lay­ing the line south­wards to Bine­gar or north­wards to­wards Mid­somer Nor­ton, head­quar­ters of the Som­er­set & Dorset Rail­way Her­itage Trust.

But builder Tay­lor Wim­pey, the owner of the sta­tion site, has writ­ten to lo­cal res­i­dents stat­ing: “We have no in­ten­tion what­so­ever to sell or trans­fer land to these or sim­i­lar or­gan­i­sa­tions” and that the area is safe­guarded with the des­ig­na­tion of ‘Pub­lic Open Space’.

Of more than 100 Chilcomp­ton res­i­dents who at­tended a pub­lic meet­ing to dis­cuss the pro­posal, the “vast ma­jor­ity” are re­ported to have been against the pro­ject, rais­ing con­cerns about a lack of pri­vacy for those liv­ing nearby, in­creased traf­fic and pol­lu­tion.

Un­de­terred by the op­po­si­tion, John Gra­ham said that the group, now re­named the Mendip Rail­way Trust, would seek a new Som­er­set & Dorset lo­ca­tion “be­tween Chilcomp­ton and Shep­ton Mal­let.”

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