Bricket Wood station restaurant is a ticket to Raj

PUBLISHED: 16:04 16 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:33 06 May 2010

Mohammed Uddin and Robi Miah at Bricket Wood Station

Mohammed Uddin and Robi Miah at Bricket Wood Station

CURRY and poppadoms will now be on the menu at a local railway station after plans to transform its dilapidated ticket office got the green-light. District council planners approved Hakim Uddin s proposal for a daytime café and an Indian takeaway by night

CURRY and poppadoms will now be on the menu at a local railway station after plans to transform its dilapidated ticket office got the green-light.

District council planners approved Hakim Uddin's proposal for a daytime café and an Indian takeaway by night at Bricket Wood railway station this week.

The historical structure of the building, which will be on a five-year lease from Network Rail, will be maintained but the interior will be transformed.

Realising the station's heritage value, Mr Uddin has promised to preserve the building whilst also providing a service to the local community.

Acting on his behalf, Robi Miah of Luton-based Home Design Consultants, said Mr Uddin was "over the moon" with the approval and can't wait to bring the station back to life.

He has already started work on ordering the kitchen and is hoping that the café/takeaway could be open in as little as eight weeks.

But the news hasn't gone down so well with St Stephen Parish Council which objected to the plans, calling it an inappropriate use of a historic building.

Councillors had hoped to see a community-led ambition to transform the building into a heritage centre come to fruition.

The idea emerged from a recent meeting with local residents at the station, which was organised by David Horton, a member of the Abbey Flyer Users Group.

Nonetheless, chairman of St Stephen Parish Council, Cllr John Bell, said he was pleased that the building would be preserved. He said: "At the end of the day, as long as it protects the station from crumbling or being knocked down it's okay, as that was the main object of our exercise. At least somebody will now be looking after it.

More news stories

17:00

Two St Albans mums are hosting a one day pop-up vintage clothes shop to help fund a charity fashion show next year.

St Albans district’s hospitals could be left without vital medical supplies after Brexit, new data appears to show.

09:00

A 17-year-old girl from St Albans has been selected as one of eight winners of Young Sportsperson of the Year.

Yesterday, 18:00

Traffic is queueing on the M1 following a crash between a car and motorcyclist in the St Albans area.

CountryPhile

Recently we, as a family (minus two of the kids), visited The Lodge RSPB reserve in Sandy, Bedfordshire. I had never been before, which is perhaps amiss of me as a birdwatcher as it is the headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds or RSPB and only 45 minutes drive from home.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition
Zoo Watch CountryPhile

Newsletter Sign Up

Herts Advertiser weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read stories

Show Job Lists

Herts Most Wanted Herts Business Awards