Hands up if you support the reopening of Saltford Station

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By JoannaPazucha | Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 18:07

The public meeting to discuss the reopening of Saltford Station yesterday was a great success, with 130 people attending.

Held at the Saltford Hall, the meeting was the brainchild of the Saltford Environment Group, headed by Chris Warren.

He said: "The main thing about last night was to gauge public opinion and just show the politicians the strength of feeling. On those two points alone the meeting was an outstanding success."

B&NES councillor Roger Symonds (Lib Dem Combe Down) spoke at the meeting. He said: ""Our view is that rail should play a bigger part in moving people between cities and communities.

"It's an opportunity to take up the challenge and I can see from the numbers here tonight that you are willing to take up that challenge to get something that's of real benefit to your community."

The station was closed in 1970, but judging by the show of hands at the meeting supporting its reopening, many in the community would like to see trains running through the village again.

However, not everyone was totally in favour of the idea.

Cath and Clive Munns, who live in The Shallows, said they were worried about rail commuters parking in their street.

Although Mrs Munns said she would use the station, she was concerned about noise and light pollution and the possibility that the area could be ruined by the reopening of the station.



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