THE CBH grain silo in Bellevue has been granted a stay of execution.
The Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Association has always supported the retention of the silo as an iconic building in the Midland area.
Extend Midland Passenger Rail campaigner Martin Chape said the group had written to Planning Minister John Day and sought his intervention in the building’s future. Mr Chape said he also wrote to the Heritage Council over the old building and his request had been considered.
Since that time the demolition has been put on hold while the MRA takes advice from the Heritage Council as required for government buildings older than 60 years.
The Heritage Council believes the building warrants consideration as a piece of cultural heritage significance and the State Heritage Office has written to the relevant stakeholders requesting comment.
Mr Day said in a letter to Mr Chape that a recommendation about whether the place should be added to the Heritage Place Register will be considered.
“As noted previously, while any proposed use for the site would require planning approval from the MRA, the site is owned by the PTA and all suggestions for future use should be directed to this agency,” he said.
Mr Chape said the building presented a safe healthy work environment, contrary to the opinion expressed that it was polluted with chemical residue.
“This is not true,” he said.
“This iconic building deserves an opportunity for re-use. Even if it is found to not be suitable as a new Park-n-Ride rail terminal as we would wish, there are a number of other uses that have been suggested to us that may be viable.”
Other suggestions have included moving the Midland Sunday Market to the old building or allowing homeless people to be accommodated in there.
A rail museum, housing and a new park and ride facility have all been suggested as possible uses.