Rail shed trust opions

Collapsed roof on the old Horses at Work Museum, South Parade / Water Lane, Halifax.
Collapsed roof on the old Horses at Work Museum, South Parade / Water Lane, Halifax.
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A TRUST could be one way of saving a decaying railway building, according to Eureka bosses.

They have not ruled out the idea put forward by Michael Bradley, who wants the 1849 shed to be preserved and better used.

The Courier reported how a section of roof has collapsed and threatens to bring down more of the listed building at Shaw Syke, Halifax.

Mr Bradley said there appeared to be considerable interest in the former Working Horse Meusem site, which closed in 1990.

“Because the building was lying dormant and falling down I thought Eureka might be willing to sell it,” he said.

“My initial proposal involved repairing the goods shed and converting the upper floor in the south end of the building into living space.”

But the lease to the land is owned by Calderdale Council and selling it would be complex.

Mr Bradley said he would be delighted if a trust could be set up and he would like to hear from anyone interested in the idea. He can be contacted on michael. bradley42@btinternet.com.

Meanwhile the Eureka Children’s Museum is seeking quotes for repairing the shed and is talking to the council about possible uses for the site.

The former goods shed was listed on the basis of its historical and representative role in the development of the railways during the industrial revolution, rather than its design.

However, its status as a listed building inevitably makes the repairs more costly and complex than a modern building, said Eureka projects director Tudor Gwynn.

Leigh-Anne Stradeski, Eureka’s chief executive, said: “The museum is currently operating in difficult times where trusts and foundations that historically supported our core work and the restoration of historic buildings are all stretched to the limit.

“We are sure that there will be a way forward. However it won’t be resolved overnight.

“We appreciate the council’s support in helping us find a satisfactory solution.”