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South Western Railway invites community groups to submit ideas for redundant station space

South Western Railway (SWR) and AmeyTPT are inviting charities and community groups in the Witley area of Surrey to submit proposals for the use of redundant space at Witley station.

SWR want to see what imaginative local projects could be brought to life from this space and want to hear from organisations in the local community that have great ideas to benefit their local area, but are being held back because they have no base to operate from.

The space, which consists of offices and a meeting room, have been refurbished and would be ideal for a local community group, charity or CIC (Community Interest Company) to use as a base for their activities.

The group or charity which submits the successful proposal will be offered the opportunity to use the space for a peppercorn rent, initially until August 2024, to make their scheme a reality.

Paula Aldridge, SWR’s Community Rail Manager, said: “We’re excited to see what ideas community groups can come up with to best use this amazing space. If your dreams and schemes are being held back by the lack of a base, tell us how you’d use the space and the best proposal will get to move in and start making their dreams for the local community come true.”

Ian Chalmers, Account Manager at AmeyTPT, adds “We’re delighted to partner with SWR to offer this unique opportunity for community groups to tell us how they would use the space at Witley station to improve their local community.”

The redundant space at Witley station is just one of a number of properties at South Western Railway stations which are available for use by charities and community groups. Details of other sites can be found here.

Proposals for Witley station and requests for more information should be directed to Ian Chalmers via ian.chalmers@amey.co.uk.