Buxton station improved thanks to volunteers

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After only one year, Friends of Buxton Station has achieved so much and is looking forward to the next year of challenges.

David Carlisle and his wife Sue, took over the dormant group, which had not been active since 2010, in January 2015.

The globe-trotting duo got engaged on Mount Kilimanjaro, married in Las Vegas and ran a campsite in the south of France for three years but David said there was no place quite like home.

He said: “Buxton station is so important because it is the gateway to the community and the first impression many people of our lovely town.”

David, of Darwin Avenue, started helping out at the station through his work with the Town Team, this led to him and Sue becoming the station adopters.

The 54-year-old said: “We needed proper funding if we were going to make a difference and it was easier to do that as the proper Friends of Buxton Station Group.”

In November 2014 David broke his leg in two places and while cycling to Chester and was house bound for six weeks.

“There is only so much day time television you can watch before you go mad so I started to send letters to try and get funding grants.”

His hard work paid off and the group has received donations from The Bingham Trust as well as the (High Peak Borough Council) Councillors Initiative Fund.

Through this FoBS has been able to purchase oak barrels that have been filled with plants.

Students of Buxton and Leek College along with artist, Alan Smith painted a mural on the fence between platforms one and two.

Work on the demolition of the old diesel sheds is the group’s next project which will be starting early December.

David added: “The area was becoming quite anti-social with people going up there to drink and light fires and the residents weren’t using the public footpath.

“The old site was giving the wrong impression about the town and we are thrilled that the owner agreed to them being removed.”

The Tour of Britain journey

After going to watch the Tour of Britain pass through Hanley in Staffordshire David wanted to get the national cycle race to pass through the Peak District.

He said: “I contacted the commercial director and they said to have the race start or end in Buxton would cost £230,000, however having a sprint race was £19,000.”

It was too much money for the Friends of Buxton Station , even with the help of the Town Team.

David said: “I think the penny dropped with the organisers they realised how tough and challenging it would be for riders to pass over our hills and wanted to get the race to come through here which was fantastic.”

The Tour of Britain passed through the High Peak on Friday, September 11 this year.

David added: “It was a very proud moment watching the cyclists go past.

“It is great to think that because of an idea and not giving up Buxton has been part of something on a national level.”