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Fire Station Demolition Plan Criticised

Thursday October 25 2012



A PLAN to knock down Barnsley fire station and rebuild it across the road has been criticised by union officials.

The Fire Authority is considering relocating the station to the old Kingstone School site as it would provide better access to Broadway.

Fire authority chairman Coun Jim Andrews said: "The building is an old building, it's on a rather large site, if you look at it we have to turn left out the doors and up the hill and onto the road.

"It would be a better site for fire-fighters to work from."

He said he did not know what the project would cost but said some of the money would be recuperated through sustainable features of the building like better heating and lighting.

But Fire Brigades Union secretary John Gilliver said the authority money should not be spent on new buildings when Royston was closing in December.

"It's like they are flaunting it in our faces that they are building new buildings when they are shutting stations like Royston, taking away fire engines and allowing the continued reduction of fire-fighters.

"At times like these, where money's tight, it is ridiculous. It just shows they are more interested in property management than they are in fire-fighters and fire engines."

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Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Thursday October 25 2012 at 17:59
Why did the fireman cross the road?

To get to the new fire station!

Simples.

Reply Posted by Jules on Thursday October 25 2012 at 21:50
Totally agree with John Gilliver but you are Fire Brigades Union secretary,do something about it then!!!But you'll be ok,Mr. Secretary,extra dosh in you're pocket regardless of outcome.


Reply Posted by Dan on Friday October 26 2012 at 09:20
This really is a daft idea, what sort of fool (Answer Above) would propose spending quite a large sum of money when they cannot afford to keep other stations open, which are better situated to help people at the other end of the town.
It truly is ridiculous.

Reply Posted by boston on Friday October 26 2012 at 23:25
seams like someones going too make a lot off money out of it ! and it wont be the tax payer again

Reply Posted by boston on Friday October 26 2012 at 23:27
seams like someones going too make a lot off money out of it ! and it wont be the tax payer again

Reply Posted by Martin on Saturday October 27 2012 at 21:54
They are going to spend thousands on a new fire station. How will this new building save lives, fire fighters save lives not a building over the other side of the road why close loads of stations getting rid of fire fighters for what? Royston is my local so when that's gone Me and my family (including our two year old) would have to survive for an extra 4 or 5 minutes before they arrive so I'd like to thank the people who think this would be a great idea thanks

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