PLANNING permission for refurbishment work at Tankersley’s fire station is expected to be sought next year, a report revealed this week.

The document, which will be discussed by members of the South Yorkshire Fire Authority at Barnsley Town Hall on January 13, sets out planned improvements to its estate during 2020/21.

Barnsley’s main station, on Broadway, Kingstone, will be knocked down and represents the biggest investment, although Tankersley’s refurbishment will cost £998,000.

A full outline for the plan is expected to be submitted to Barnsley Council’s planning board during 2020 and it will include new windows, doors, lighting, wiring, roof repairs, redecoration throughout and a new kitchen.

“Planning for Tankersley Fire Station will commence early 2020,” the report said. “We will spend money carefully, use our resources wisely and collaborate with others to provide the best deal to the communities we serve.

“The head of emergency response met with the Health and Safety Executive on November 14 to present and discuss SYFR’s future arrangements. These plans were accepted by the HSE.”

Tankersley’s new look will also allow its workforce to almost double from the current figure of 19 to 36 by the end of 2021, according to the report.