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HEDNESFORD: Incredible new community hub coming soon


Hednesford Station Adoption Group has announced that in partnership with West Midlands Railway, Hednesford Station will be transformed to provide a new community centre which will bring major new facilities for the benefit of residents in the town.

Through a fund called The Customer and Communities Fund, West Midlands railway will be providing a £105,000 grant to carry out work at Hednesford Station.

This grant will provide just over two-thirds of the finance required to complete the project.

New facilities include:

  1. A Café – based in a fully restored railway carriage fitted out as a Café
  2. Leisure Garden – created from scratch and featuring a Community Hub
  3. A Restored Coal Wagon – in recognition of the local mines
  4. Edible planting boxes
  5. Outdoor Seating
  6. A Greenhouse
  7. Cycle Rack

Chairman of the Heart of Hednesford Station Adoption Group David Wisehall said: “This is an ambitious and unique project for the town centre.”

“The community hub will make productive use of an area of disused space at the edge of the town car park that adjoins the railway station.

“This will be a unique venue and a fantastic place for community groups to meet.”

“The scheme will be both environmentally and disability friendly, with the carriage being accessed by ramp and step-free access.

“The cream of the Commonwealth countries’ mountain bikers will descend on Birches Valley in Cannock Chase, and we are the nearest station, so we’re hoping that our renovated rail carriage will be open for visits in time to welcome global visitors.”

“We would hope to be able to use renewable sources of energy where possible and harvest rainwater for the flower beds and plants on the platforms and in the garden.

“We will also erect a greenhouse in the garden to grow our own plants for use on the station and also as a source of revenue.”

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