October 26 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
An abandoned city train station which was contaminated with asbestos is looking for a new owner.
Norfolk County Council is planning to sell the site of the former city station at the start of Marriott’s Way.
The 10-acre plot includes land from the roundabout to just before the path’s first bridge over the river Wensum.
Workmen moved onto the site of the station’s former engine shed last month to tackle asbestos and contamination.
And the overgrown area has now been cleared to reveal the building’s original floor from 1882.
Cliff Jordan, cabinet member for efficiency, said: “Our plan over the next month is to complete a check of the rest of the site to remove any discarded needles and carry out some tree safety works.
“We will then look to start marketing the site, likely in early December, as the management of it is not a county council function.
“We will be inviting offers for the site, which will not be available for development and is to stay a green space for the city, and I hope that local interest groups may take the opportunity to come together to bid for the land.”
No price tag has yet been put on the land.
The Friends of Norwich City Station (FONCS) halted their attempts to unearth the city’s lost station earlier this year when the contamination was discovered, but moved back onto the site on Sunday to start cleaning the brick floor.
Jon Batley from FONCS said: “It looks brilliant.
“We were so pleased when we saw it last week.”