Historic signal box at Highams Park Station set to be refurbished by Dendale Construction Ltd builder

Mike Payne outside the signal box

Mike Payne outside the signal box

First published in Waltham Forest East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

AN HISTORIC landmark is set to be returned to its former glory due to the generosity of a local businessman.

Dennis Swain will sink up to £60,000 of his own money into refurbishing the signal box at Highams Park Station, which has become derelict since falling out of use more than a decade ago.

The manager of Dendale Construction Ltd in Hale End Road said the locally listed "icon", which used to direct trains and operate the level crossing, could be used for community activities or even become a police base, But his main objective is to return it to its original state once he signs a lease for the box with owner Network Rail.

"We want to restore a major icon of Highams Park. I remember it from when I was a kid and it's just part of our area, it helps define Highams Park," he said.

"It would result in a great loss to sit here and do nothing. I want to make it good as new, with the right signage and by salvaging materials from the interior so we don't use much that's new."

Mr Swain plans to use the oak blocks which formerly housed the levers inside the building to replace the flooring and hopes to use contemporary materials to ensure the building looks authentic.

The box, which became the subject of a local campaign ten years ago when Railtrack, now Network Rail, threatened to demolish it as part of a plan to operate the crossing remotely using CCTV cameras.

The campaign to retain the now 87-year-old building was a success, despite the switch to CCTV, and resulted in it being locally listed.

Network Rail has agreed lease the building to Mr Swain, on the understanding that he is responsible for maintenance.

Mike Payne, secretary of the Highams Park Forum, the group at the centre of the campaign in 2002, welcomed the latest development.

"It seems like a great arrangement for everybody," he said. "Our main interest is preserving its external appearance because it is such a landmark here.

"It's been years in the making, it's been a long journey and we hope we're towards the end of it."

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10:23pm Tue 13 Nov 12

sensibility says...

It is lovely to see a landmark like this being cared for and restored.

I am sure there would be locals who would volunteer to help to keep the costs down and could be a great community project.
It is lovely to see a landmark like this being cared for and restored. I am sure there would be locals who would volunteer to help to keep the costs down and could be a great community project. sensibility
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10:27pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

sensibility wrote:
It is lovely to see a landmark like this being cared for and restored.

I am sure there would be locals who would volunteer to help to keep the costs down and could be a great community project.
Maybe that is the last thing he wants or needs, people sticking their oar in and trying to tell him where he is going wrong.

I am sure that if he needs help, he will ask.
[quote][p][bold]sensibility[/bold] wrote: It is lovely to see a landmark like this being cared for and restored. I am sure there would be locals who would volunteer to help to keep the costs down and could be a great community project.[/p][/quote]Maybe that is the last thing he wants or needs, people sticking their oar in and trying to tell him where he is going wrong. I am sure that if he needs help, he will ask. Cornbeefur
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11:05pm Tue 13 Nov 12

DANHIGHAMSPARK says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
sensibility wrote:
It is lovely to see a landmark like this being cared for and restored.

I am sure there would be locals who would volunteer to help to keep the costs down and could be a great community project.
Maybe that is the last thing he wants or needs, people sticking their oar in and trying to tell him where he is going wrong.

I am sure that if he needs help, he will ask.
Oh dear it's that **** from Marylebone again. I long to read one article you don't defecate all over as usual. You are a very sad lonely person who needs help and maybe should put on his rose tinted glasses and look at himself for once.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sensibility[/bold] wrote: It is lovely to see a landmark like this being cared for and restored. I am sure there would be locals who would volunteer to help to keep the costs down and could be a great community project.[/p][/quote]Maybe that is the last thing he wants or needs, people sticking their oar in and trying to tell him where he is going wrong. I am sure that if he needs help, he will ask.[/p][/quote]Oh dear it's that **** from Marylebone again. I long to read one article you don't defecate all over as usual. You are a very sad lonely person who needs help and maybe should put on his rose tinted glasses and look at himself for once. DANHIGHAMSPARK
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2:06am Wed 14 Nov 12

sensibility says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
sensibility wrote:
It is lovely to see a landmark like this being cared for and restored.

I am sure there would be locals who would volunteer to help to keep the costs down and could be a great community project.
Maybe that is the last thing he wants or needs, people sticking their oar in and trying to tell him where he is going wrong.

I am sure that if he needs help, he will ask.
What is it with you cornbeefur?

Having seen so many posts from you, the impression ist(rightly or wrongly) that the majority of the time you see the worst in people!!!

I was not suggesting people "stick their oar in" as you put it.

There have over the years been many projects in Waltham Forest both large and small, funded by human kindness.

Projects where deserving causes havent had to spend thousands of pounds because communities have got together and pitched in for free.

I really do feel for you, if you have to see the worst in every post and in every goodwill gesture I can only presume you have been used and abused and have no faith in human kindness and people who genuinely give without having to receive in return.

Before you start getting on your high horse, such people are not as plentiful as they used to be in days gone by, but they do still exist and are not as rare as people make them out to be
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sensibility[/bold] wrote: It is lovely to see a landmark like this being cared for and restored. I am sure there would be locals who would volunteer to help to keep the costs down and could be a great community project.[/p][/quote]Maybe that is the last thing he wants or needs, people sticking their oar in and trying to tell him where he is going wrong. I am sure that if he needs help, he will ask.[/p][/quote]What is it with you cornbeefur? Having seen so many posts from you, the impression ist(rightly or wrongly) that the majority of the time you see the worst in people!!! I was not suggesting people "stick their oar in" as you put it. There have over the years been many projects in Waltham Forest both large and small, funded by human kindness. Projects where deserving causes havent had to spend thousands of pounds because communities have got together and pitched in for free. I really do feel for you, if you have to see the worst in every post and in every goodwill gesture I can only presume you have been used and abused and have no faith in human kindness and people who genuinely give without having to receive in return. Before you start getting on your high horse, such people are not as plentiful as they used to be in days gone by, but they do still exist and are not as rare as people make them out to be sensibility
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7:28am Wed 14 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

sensibility wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
sensibility wrote:
It is lovely to see a landmark like this being cared for and restored.

I am sure there would be locals who would volunteer to help to keep the costs down and could be a great community project.
Maybe that is the last thing he wants or needs, people sticking their oar in and trying to tell him where he is going wrong.

I am sure that if he needs help, he will ask.
What is it with you cornbeefur?

Having seen so many posts from you, the impression ist(rightly or wrongly) that the majority of the time you see the worst in people!!!

I was not suggesting people "stick their oar in" as you put it.

There have over the years been many projects in Waltham Forest both large and small, funded by human kindness.

Projects where deserving causes havent had to spend thousands of pounds because communities have got together and pitched in for free.

I really do feel for you, if you have to see the worst in every post and in every goodwill gesture I can only presume you have been used and abused and have no faith in human kindness and people who genuinely give without having to receive in return.

Before you start getting on your high horse, such people are not as plentiful as they used to be in days gone by, but they do still exist and are not as rare as people make them out to be
Too many cooks spoil the broth.

I am sure if Mr Payne requires any help he will know where to get it.
[quote][p][bold]sensibility[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sensibility[/bold] wrote: It is lovely to see a landmark like this being cared for and restored. I am sure there would be locals who would volunteer to help to keep the costs down and could be a great community project.[/p][/quote]Maybe that is the last thing he wants or needs, people sticking their oar in and trying to tell him where he is going wrong. I am sure that if he needs help, he will ask.[/p][/quote]What is it with you cornbeefur? Having seen so many posts from you, the impression ist(rightly or wrongly) that the majority of the time you see the worst in people!!! I was not suggesting people "stick their oar in" as you put it. There have over the years been many projects in Waltham Forest both large and small, funded by human kindness. Projects where deserving causes havent had to spend thousands of pounds because communities have got together and pitched in for free. I really do feel for you, if you have to see the worst in every post and in every goodwill gesture I can only presume you have been used and abused and have no faith in human kindness and people who genuinely give without having to receive in return. Before you start getting on your high horse, such people are not as plentiful as they used to be in days gone by, but they do still exist and are not as rare as people make them out to be[/p][/quote]Too many cooks spoil the broth. I am sure if Mr Payne requires any help he will know where to get it. Cornbeefur
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8:12pm Wed 14 Nov 12

KWyatt-Lown says...

As anyone who may have read the exchanges after the article ; http://www.guardian-
series.co.uk/your_lo
cal_areas/10022892.N
ew_Tesco__making_ind
ependent_traders_los
e_out_/ will be aware, I have been seeking a simple response from Cornbeefur to two very straightforward questions. Why he elects to hide behind his self-confessed “user name” and what, indeed, his real name is.

Having been challenged by him on these same issues I was happy to provide an open and honest response. He has now spent the last seven days evading the questions himself, occasionally providing somewhat insulting and, indeed, frankly juvenile postings (I think we all might agree that “my dad’s bigger than your dad” hardly raises the bar on reasoned debate) that do little to enhance any reputation he might possibly seek to establish or maintain as a worthwhile contributor to grown-up and rational discussion within these pages.

So, Cornbeefur, I ask you once again: please have the good grace to return my courtesy and answer my unambiguous questions. Thank you.
As anyone who may have read the exchanges after the article ; http://www.guardian- series.co.uk/your_lo cal_areas/10022892.N ew_Tesco__making_ind ependent_traders_los e_out_/ will be aware, I have been seeking a simple response from Cornbeefur to two very straightforward questions. Why he elects to hide behind his self-confessed “user name” and what, indeed, his real name is. Having been challenged by him on these same issues I was happy to provide an open and honest response. He has now spent the last seven days evading the questions himself, occasionally providing somewhat insulting and, indeed, frankly juvenile postings (I think we all might agree that “my dad’s bigger than your dad” hardly raises the bar on reasoned debate) that do little to enhance any reputation he might possibly seek to establish or maintain as a worthwhile contributor to grown-up and rational discussion within these pages. So, Cornbeefur, I ask you once again: please have the good grace to return my courtesy and answer my unambiguous questions. Thank you. KWyatt-Lown
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1:33pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Bernard 87 says...

Well done to Dennis Swain and good luck!
Well done to Dennis Swain and good luck! Bernard 87
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