On the 18th of May sixty children from St Mary’s are taking a trip on our once a week train to Stalybridge they will be dressed in fifties style and i am hoping to engage the services of the resident group that plays on our folk train.The school has been in talks with the producer of Granada News and hopefully they will be in attendance to report the occasion the local press will also be there as will our local MP Andrew Gwynne
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF
FRIENDS OF DENTON STATION
ON THURSDAY 23rd February 2012 AT
VICTORIA PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE, DENTON
Present: Alan Jones (Chairman)
Mike Meaney (Vice Chairman)
Helen Mottershead (Secretary)
Cllr Brenda Warrington
Approximately 15 members
Apologies: Cyrus Naveri (Treasurer)
Cllr Dawson Lane
Theo (Network Rail)
George and Janice Gregory
The minutes of the previous meeting were read.
- Regarding the ticket machine, this is being reviewed in May. Dave Ferguson has been counting how many people are on the train each week which varies from 8 to 18 apart from the Christmas Folk Train which was full.
- Compass Tours – they are now stopping at Denton Station. This is good publicity for the Station and we should make the most of it.
The minutes were agreed.
Sainsburys – A meeting recently took place at Sainsburys with Andy Brennan and two others. The Chairman wanted to know if we could have have access via Sainsburys to the old platform. The fence is currently broken. Apparently there was originally a gate there but it has how been fenced off but no one is sure who owns the fence whether it is Network Rail or Highways. Brenda said that it isn’t council land so the Council wouldn’t have put the fence up. Also there were lots of concerns about the amount of rubbish there is around the bins at Sainsburys especially the Charity Bins. Brenda said she would phone Sainsburys to see what they say about it.
Paul Hewlett kindly volunteered to the Secretary so Helen Mottershead officially resigned with Paul being proposed and accepted by Peter Elliott and Dave Ferguson.
Refurbishment of the Station:
The repairs at the station are nearly completed. The council have also put up two signs for the station. As Compass Tours are now using the station, it is hoped that taxi drivers will soon realise where the station is and hopefully spread the word.
The Chairman is currently in the process of completing a grant application form for Manchester Airport. Other suggestions for fund raising were to hold a B B Q on the station but this was thought to have too much of a fire risk and the other suggestion of an Entertainment Night also raised problems to the variety of ages involved.
Once sufficient funding is in place the Chairman asked for volunteers to drop the soil bags onto the platform and to move the sleepers onto the platform. As we are not sure when the funding will arrive, it was suggested that people keep their eye on our website and when the Chairman is ready for volunteers he will post it on the site.
Any Other Business:
- It was suggested that the time of the meeting be moved to 7.30pm but it was agreed to keep the same at 7.00pm
- Litter bins needed on platform – maybe fire/bomb risk
- It was suggested that we liaise with the Police/Community Police to see if they can patrol every few nights at the station and also around the back of Sainsburys. Peter Elliott suggested that we ask the PCO’s at the next PAC meeting to make sure they do go and inspect the Station/Sainsburys. Also maybe contact the Environmental Health Dept regarding the rubbish at Sainsburys as it will be encouraging Rats.
Date, Time and Place of Next Meeting:
Thursday 24th May 2012 at 7.00pm
The station refurbishment is finished except for a square away from the entrance that still needs a finishing coat. Network Rail and the council have done us proud and when we get the funding that we have applied for it will be our turn putting down two flower beds
I am in the final throes of gathering together all the information for our application for funding to the Manchester Airport Trust fund for the flower beds we will be building on the Station platform its been a busy week and i only hope that it will be ready in time as the application has to be in the Trusts fund offices by the first Friday in March Alan
Two signs have been erected by the council giving directions to the station one near to Sainsbury’s and one at the entrance to the station
Met Andrew Bennet and two other council members in Sainsbury’s car park on Thursday 9th Feb with a view of gaining access to the old disussed platform at the station with me were Michael Meaney and Dave Ferguson who is fast becoming a regular member of our group when we have meetings with officials. It could not be decided who had erected the fencing barring our way whether it was Network Rail or the Highways Agency and we left it in the hands of Andrew Bennet to find out. One thing out of our meeting was that the council had had signs made to direct people to where our Station is situated and these were waiting to be erected in their appropriate positions
Andy Brennan from the council contacted me to arrange a meeting in Sainsbury’s car park near to all the containers. I attended the Denton and Audenshaw District Assembly at Hulme Road Community Centre and requested through them if the Council could give the Friends of Denton Station access to the old disused platform from Sainsbury’car park and via the old tunnel so we can clear it plant flowers put up nesting boxes and in general brighten it up. I visited the site myself this weekend and was disgusted at the sight that met my eyes you could not see the steps leading down to the fencing for the rubbish that was deposited there it was absolutely disgraceful
The refurbishment of the Station by Network Rail is well on the way and soon it will be our turn but we cannot do what we want to do without help. We want to build flower beds out of railway sleepers these will have to be transported down to the platform from the Station entrance as well as other material such as soil and timber so i am asking for volunteers in the near future to help with this project as a group we can brighten up the Station and give it a better outlook Thank You alan Jones Chairman
On 12th of this month myself Michael Meaney nd Dave Ferguson will be meeting Nigel Gilmore at Tameside Council Offices to discuss tfgm Strategy on the Manchester Hub regarding the local railway systems i will be reporting back on all the Facebook sites and this one Alan Jones Chairman
Went to the meeting was not impressed but hopefully we may achieve better things in the future