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Plea for decision over historic Southwold railway station

PUBLISHED: 10:11 11 April 2015

Southwold Heritage Railway Trust volunteers at the site in Wenhaston

Southwold Heritage Railway Trust volunteers at the site in Wenhaston

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Campaigners for a historic railway station to be rebuilt have hit out at a two-year council delay on whether or not to approve the bid, saying: "We must have a decision."

The Southwold Heritage Railway Trust applied for planning permission to rebuild the old station on land near Blyford Lane, Wenhaston and restore half a mile of track in April 2013.

But the ongoing saga is still in limbo, with the trust blaming Suffolk Coastal District Council for the delay.

The council, which aims to give decisions on even complicated planning applications within 13 weeks, in turn blames the trust.

Trustee James Hewett said: “We’re disappointed and somewhat irritated.

“We’ve got all these volunteers who are getting pretty fed up and we have lost some of them - it’s difficult to keep morale up.

“It would be easier if they just said no, then we could look and see if we had grounds to appeal but to be left in limbo for all this time is ridiculous.

“We must have a decision. We would like a positive one, but any decision would be better than none.”

The application was due to go before Suffolk Coastal’s planningcommittee for the first time in August 2014 - 15 months after it was officially listed as received by the council.

But the council defended the delay, saying it they needed the time to get more details and that planners “acted in a timely manner relative to the information that they were provided”.

Read today’s Southwold Journal for the full story.

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