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.