THREE train stations buildings have been offered to Tendring Council for £1 a piece if it wants to take them over and upgrade them.

Abellio Greater Anglia has been looking at demolishing the station buildings at Kirby Cross, Weeley and Alresford and replacing them with simple shelters.

The buildings have been unused for years and are semi-derelict.

But following talks with Tendring and Essex councils about their futures, the rail operator has offered the leases of Weeley, Kirby Cross and Alresford stations for a pound each.

Tendring Council plans to get the views of the various parish and town councils and other interested parties about their futures.

An Abellio Greater Anglia spokesman said: “This would create the opportunity for them to pull together projects to refurbish the buildings and find alternative community uses for them.

“The buildings have been disused for many years, with no realistic proposals and no funding available from any source to refurbish or rejuvenate them.

"It would cost far more to repair and renew them than it would to demolish them and there are also currently no funds available for the on-going maintenance of a restored building.

“However, where there are realistic schemes on our network to redevelop such buildings for community, business or retail use Abellio Greater Anglia is very happy to work with the relevant partners to take them forward,”

Tendring Council confirmed Abellio approached it about the future of the three station buildings.