West Buckland looks likely to get a railway station well before Wellington. Taunton Model Engineers club is applying for planning permission to set up track and trains on scrub land on the edge of the village.
Since losing the use of their facility at Vivary Park last year, the train enthusiasts have been looking for another permanent home. The club, founded over 60 years ago, has had a number of homes but now wishes to settle at a permanent HQ which it owns and build a clubhouse and storage facilities.
The main feature of the site beyond the single story building and parking for 23 cars would be the open spaces around the miniature railway tracks. It is proposed to include features including a pond and a bridge and tunnel.
Villagers have reacted positively to the proposal with a number writing in to Taunton Deae to support the application.
I fully support this application, which will be a great enhancement to the village and dramatically improve a very unsightly area on the edge of the village,” said David Williams. “It will also attract
visitors to the area and the proposals will promote an increase in wildlife. With an increase in people coming to West Buckland as visitors, we might even see a reinstatement of the bus service that was re-routed away from us a few years ago.”