To: Dartmoor National Park Authority

Save Ashburton Railway Station

Save Ashburton Railway Station

Include the Railway Station Building as a protected Building (and re-list as a listed building) as part of the Chuley Road Master Plan.
For details see http://www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk/planning/pl-forwardplanning/masterplans-and-development-briefs/ashburton-masterplan

Why is this important?

This is a unique terminus building with a roof attributed to I K Brunel. It was built before 1872 when the line from Totnes to Ashburton was opened. It was taken over by the Dart Valley Railway in 1965 but because the A38 Dual carriageway was about to be build on the track bed between Ashburton and Buckfastleigh this was not part of the Light Railway order of April 1969. It then became a garage (Station Garage) which is likely to be closed in the future and the building and the area around it developed. It is not a listed building but is of historical importance. It needs protection from demolition.
See http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/a/ashburton/ for information
If you wish to write to Dartmoor National Park Authority please still do so.

How it will be delivered

The original petition was delivered in person on Thursday 11th December 2014 - the day before the last day to receive comments on the Master Plan. The Master Plan has now gone back for further Consultation and I intend to re-submit the petition with the extra 800 plus signatures (to date) added.

Ashburton, Devon

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Reasons for signing

  • Too much of our history gone already.
  • Its a piece of history possibly with a bright future "leave it alone"
  • The opportunity to reconnect the railway at Ashburton must not be lost to short sighted development.

Updates

2016-07-05 17:26:29 +0100

http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/vision-to-bring-back-rail-link-to-towns/story-29452966-detail/story.html

Vision to bring back rail link between Buckfastleigh and Ashburton appears in yesterdays Herald Express.
www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk
A MULTI-MILLION pound vision to reinstate the old steam railway line connecting Buckfastleigh to Ashburton has been outlined. The Friends of Ashburton Station have put together a proposal which is the first stage in saving the station building as a heritage asset
http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/vision-to-bring-back-rail-link-to-towns/story-29452966-detail/story.html

2016-03-07 14:57:57 +0000

Ken Jones has brought out of moth balls the superb N gauge layout of Ashburton built by Tony and Jane Minchin for the exhibition on April 10th at The Wonderful World of Trains and Planes in Birmingham
https://wonderfulworldtrainsplanes.co.uk/

2015-12-08 17:26:49 +0000

We are currently campaigning to safeguard the long term future of Ashburton Station.
This historic Great Western Railway branch line terminus is a unique Brunelian style structure, an important survivor of a bygone age. Initially revived as part of the current South Devon Railway, Ashburton was severed from the remainder of the steam railway in 1971 by the building of a trunk road.
We particularly need anyone wanting the return of the railway to fill in the questionnaire about the Chuley Road Master Plan which has gone back for further consultation and evidence of local concern is particularly needed.
Go to link below after signing the petition. Thanks

https://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk/category/news/

2015-11-05 16:29:58 +0000

If you are pro railway and members of Facebook please comment with a more balanced view - there are also a lot of anti comments from people who have previously signed this petition. We especially need Ashburton residents and businesses to comment.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/319841736731/permalink/10153241151731732/

2015-10-29 16:22:08 +0000

The Chuley Road Master Plan & Ashburton Railway Station questionaire is in the current "Around Ashburton" Magazine - please will all local people make their opinions known. Either fill it out and put in the box in the library/Post Office or fill it out on-line at https://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk/category/news/

2015-10-09 13:42:15 +0100

Comments can still be added to the Brewery Meadow planning application (below) which has had well over 40 objections.
Please also visit the Friends of Ashburton Station website.
https://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk/category/news/
They are currently campaigning to safeguard the long term future of Ashburton Station.
This historic Great Western Railway branch line terminus is a unique Brunelian style structure, an important survivor of a bygone age. Initially revived as part of the current South Devon Railway, Ashburton was severed from the remainder of the steam railway in 1971 by the building of a trunk road.
They particularly need local residents to fill in the questionnaire about the Chuley Road Master Plan has gone back to further consultation and evidence of local concern is particularly needed.
Go to link below
https://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk/category/news/

2015-09-13 08:45:34 +0100

An outline planning application has gone in to the local planning authority which will compromise the future of the Station.
Brewery Meadow, Ashburton. (Also known as Tuckers) Application Number 0441/15
Outline application for re-development to 32 residential units, public parking and flood channel works (all matters reserved)
Suggested Comment or similar :- Part of the application compromises the footprint of the former railway line and I object to any housing being built on land that will stop any future plans to re-instate Ashburton’s Railway Station to link back with Buckfastleigh Railway Station at some time in the future
Comment can be by email at http://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/planning/planning-application-search/application_register by putting in the application number or by post to
Planning (quoting the application number) Dartmoor National Park Authority, Parke, Bovey Tracey, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 9JQ
comments should be sent by the 25th of September

2015-08-04 09:15:16 +0100

URGENT.
Please read the information on https://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk
and more importantly join the friends group. We particularly need Ashburton residents to support the railway coming back to Ashburton sometime in the future. DNPA seem to think it is only railway enthusiasts and not local residents in support of this.
The Chuley Road Masterplan submitted by the Dartmoor National Park Authority ingnored the plea to safeguard the line of the railway route. Please continue to write to Mr Peter Harper (contact details below) voicing your support for a railway to return to Ashburton and any additional comments you may have. Get as many people as you can to do the same, this could be our last chance to be heard! We particluarly need Ashburton residents to write to.
Mr Peter Harper (Chairman)
Address: Dartmoor National Park Authority, Parke, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9JQ
or Email: peter.harper@dartmoor.gov.uk

2015-07-06 10:22:50 +0100

The former Steam Loco “Bulliver” passed through the streets of Ashburton on Saturday 4th July 2015 as part of the Carnival Procession. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfxcnfHksk4
See below.
https://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk/category/news/
DNPA has accepted a report from its planners in which no railway bodies have been consulted, a report which consequently contains several major inaccuracies. In doing so, Members have endorsed the short-sighted predisposition towards other uses for the site, and have not given a fair hearing to the railway proposition. Meanwhile, we encourage anybody with a view on today’s decision to contact Peter Harper, DNPA Chairman, and the other members as a matter of urgency, see the following link for their contact details – http://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/aboutus/au-theauthority/au-members/members

2015-06-02 00:49:51 +0100

URGENT.
Please read the information on https://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk

Friday 5th June is when the final decision of whether to adopt the Chuley Road Masterplan goes to the members of Dartmoor National Park Authority. Please read their Statement regarding the report produced by DNPA planning department and then please send a correspondence to Mr Peter Harper (contact details below) voicing your support for a railway to return to Ashburton and any additional comments you may have. Get as many people as you can to do the same, this could be our last chance to be heard! We particluarly need Ashburton residents to write to.
Mr Peter Harper (Chairman)
Address: Dartmoor National Park Authority, Parke, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9JQ
or Email: peter.harper@dartmoor.gov.uk

2015-02-28 16:28:50 +0000

Public Meeting 28th February in Ashburton - TODAY
If you are too far away to attend - first link is to a model railway layout - how it could look again.
https://www.model-railways-live.co.uk/Layouts/7/Ashburton/

Second link is to a view from above before the line was removed.
http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/epw033030

This has been featured on Radio Devon (Simon Bates):
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02hpnqr
(wind forward to 1:52).
or go to the link on the Friends web site.
https://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk/friends-of-ashburton-station-on-radio-devon/

You can also support (or pledge money) to the Friends
https://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk

2015-02-28 07:17:35 +0000

Public Meeting 28th February in Ashburton - TODAY
There is a Public Meeting at 6.30pm on Saturday 28th February (St Lawrence Chapel, almost opposite Ashburton station), and we need you to come along. It’s an opportunity for the Friends of Ashburton Station to give the local community an overview of our ambitions, and also to present some of the work they have been doing in the bid to persuade DNP Planners to alter their development plan for the station site.
The campaign is now at a very crucial stage to prevent development which may compromise the station’s future potential, and it’s likely there are more tough challenges ahead. Please do come along and show your support, and find out what you can do to help the cause.
https://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk/category/news/
http://everythinggwr.com/save-ashburton-station/
http://www.southdevonrailwayassociation.org/News-and-Press-Releases/Ashburton_Station_Development.html

2015-02-04 15:32:20 +0000

This Building is STILL under threat and will continue to be until it is listed to protect it.
Please write to DNPA and Ashburton Town Council requesting that DNPA Spot List this important building!

2015-01-13 17:32:35 +0000

Ashburton Town Council have a Presentation by Alasdair Page, chair of Friends of Ashburton at tonight's (13th January 2015) Full Council Meeting.
Petition still being signed and up to 2,462.
We particularly need support from Ashburton residents to contact the Town Council about what they want for the station's future.
Also please join the Friends of Ashburton Station.
http://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk/

2014-12-12 13:56:35 +0000

Final number delivered to DNPA is 2,146 but the petition is still running so I can keep interested parties informed of the progress.
I have also sent a copy to SD Railway as they are interested in the statistics of how many of the signatories are local.
(NB own check of petition shows just under 150 (148) are TQ13 [Ashburton Postcode] and over 400 (432) are local Devon [TQ, EX or PL postcode]. ALL others are UK postcodes with NONE from abroad.

2014-12-11 23:32:51 +0000

2000 reached about 30 minutes ago - will now close the petition at noon tomorrow (Friday) and present it to DNPA tomorrow afternoon. Well done everyone. Let see just how high it can go in the next 12 hours and join
http://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk/
to help safeguard it's future.

2014-12-10 23:29:38 +0000

Changed to target from 1,000 to 2,000 as there was a 500 jump in the last 24 hours. Petition has now reached 1,490.
Lots of Youtube video of the station when the trains were running.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ3tcF5GSyk
Plus a piece on an N Gauge model of the station.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvJ1cXb-IGE

2014-12-09 21:59:25 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2014-12-05 23:13:24 +0000

New web site set up to join and express an interest in the new Friends of Ashburton Station group beyond just the previous Facebook Page. Keep signing the petition and sending to friends and relatives. Still hope to top 1,000 before it closes in 6 days time.
http://friendsofashburtonstation.co.uk/
Keep coming back for more updates and information and save the above web site on your desktop.

2014-12-04 10:13:52 +0000

Article in today's Herald Express Thursday 4th December. The Friends of Ashburton Station group was set up several months ago on Facebook and the present more formal group came about through railway enthusiasts meeting in Ashburton at the instigation of Alasair Page (not myself).

2014-12-04 00:13:17 +0000

Meeting of "Friends of Ashburton Station" at the St Lawrence Chapel this Friday at 7 pm.

2014-11-26 11:44:47 +0000

Great support from the Railway Fraternity
See link below for an article by Jeff Vintner in the Railway Ramblers online post which mentions just how important and unique this building is:-
http://www.railwayramblers.org.uk/news/14news.htm

2014-11-26 11:23:42 +0000

Do not let this happen
https://www.flickr.com/photos/joinash/9230069246/
Ashburton NZ Railway Station WAS demolished.
Article about our station in Thursday's Herald Express (next week)?
Pete

2014-11-23 20:58:55 +0000

500 signatures reached

2014-11-20 08:48:58 +0000

100 signatures reached

2014-11-19 14:49:57 +0000

50 signatures reached

2014-11-19 13:23:05 +0000

There is already a campaign elsewhere to save this building by railway enthusiasts
http://everythinggwr.com/save-ashburton-station/

2014-11-18 22:25:40 +0000

25 signatures reached

2014-11-18 19:37:40 +0000

10 signatures reached