Ruffley Visits Bury Railway Station Heritage Project

Tuesday, 25 February, 2003

David Ruffley will be visiting the site of Suffolk Connect's project to save two historic buildings at Bury St Edmunds Railway Station on Friday, 28 February at 3.15 p.m.

David will meet Susan Glossop, County Business Liaison Officer of Suffolk Connect, to be briefed on their project for the listed buildings which stand at either side of the Railway Station.

The project is to encourage partnership working across the voluntary, community, statutory and business sectors. The aim is to convert the buildings into a completely new concept in workspace usage. Currently, a feasibility study is underway, funded by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA). The Railway Heritage Trust have pledged £100,000 towards the restoration to help restore the buildings to their former glory.

The restored buildings will offer opportunities to a host of people including voluntary and training organisations, small business entrepreneurs and people with disabilities. The project also includes an internet cafí© and shop conveniently situated for public transport users.

David said: 'I am delighted that Suffolk Connect are undertaking this imaginative project. It is great to see the town's historic buildings being put to a new use which will benefit so many sectors of the local community.'