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Fire Station Could Be Demolished For Housing

Wednesday August 21 2013




A BARNSLEY fire station could make way for housing, according to the chairman of the South Yorkshire Fire Authority.

Jim Andrews said the station, at Royston, which had been in use for 50 years, is under offer from a developer.

"Hopefully the sale will go through and it will be for housing," he said.

"There's not a lot you can do with the site as it's banked on two sides.

"We don't want it to be an eyesore for residents. We have an offer and I think it's acceptable and hopefully it will go through and they will demolish it."

Mr Andrews said the authority was looking to get rid of the station as soon as possible.

He said the authority had wanted to open up the building to community groups but none had come forward.

Money from the fire station would go to Barnsley Council as they gave the land where the new Cudworth Fire Station stands, he added.

The fire authority decided to close Royston last year and it closed its doors on December 31.

This was following a cut in government funding and in response to a review of emergency cover. More than 50 per cent of fire-fighters at Royston who were made redundant are now working at Cudworth station, Mr Andrews said.

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Reply Posted by lol on Wednesday August 21 2013 at 20:17
bart time how much

Reply Posted by BarnsleyFred on Saturday August 24 2013 at 17:21
Barnsley Labour, you talk about what Margaret Thatcher did to the housing economy, but you yourself do the same! Double standards! Selling to a developer, are you MAD. We need council houses. We have more people getting RIPPED off by developers and you are standing there watching and occasionally commenting on what the coalition government is doing wrong. Grow some balls Barnsley Labour, build some houses that are council run and reap in the revenue to invest in our town!

Reply Posted by Collet on Saturday August 24 2013 at 17:39
It's a good job I re read the line I thought it read the money will go to the Barnsley Councillors fund,?true to say local developers are having a field day in and around Barnsley.

Reply Posted by graham kirkup on Saturday August 24 2013 at 17:49
Well said barnsley fred.only trouble with that is all the housing would go to polish anyway so we can't win ether way