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Housing Plans For Fire Station Site

Monday March 10 2014

BARNSLEY Fire Station could be moved over the road if plans for 163 houses on its site is given the green light.

The land is still under Barnsley Council's ownership but its sale was discussed in private by the ruling cabinet last Wednesday.

Building firm Taylor Wimpey says it intends to build a mixture of new homes to meet local need and, as part of its proposals, the fire station would be relocated from one side of Broadway to the other.

Alan Atkin, deputy chairman of the South Yorkshire Fire Authority, said: "It is something that has been talked about but it is not definite," he said.

"The fire station is showing its age and over the road it would have better access to the dual carriageway."

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Reply Posted by kev on Monday March 10 2014 at 15:46
This makes me laugh, we cant afford to pay the fireman a decent wage for putting there lives at risk everyday. But yet they gonna find the money to knock a perfectly useable station down and rebuild just over the road . just cant see the point. more money wasted by Barnsley council. what a joke..

Reply Posted by Pete on Monday March 10 2014 at 16:30
What would be the point of that use the money on a better project

Reply Posted by leon on Monday March 10 2014 at 16:58
Am sure it says the developer will build a new fire station not the council

Reply Posted by Avril on Tuesday March 11 2014 at 09:54
It doesn't say wimpy will build a new fire station ? It says it will be re located , but not by them ?.Barnsley council keep selling land off to Developers , they keep buliding these 'affordable' house .. that no-one can afford ? Theres LOADs between Cudworth and Lundwood still empty after 4-5 yrs .. then they build the monstrosoties they call flats but look like prisons .. and they too are empty ? Why can 't they leave things alone .. update the Fire station ? I think they need a whole new finance committee .. theyre spending £100.0000 of housing money on a skate park in Hoyle Mill , where theres about 200 houses at tops . yet when the slides broken , for younger kids that actually go there ... No money to replace it ? Common sense needed big time !

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Tuesday March 11 2014 at 10:27
They are not spending 100k of housing money on a skate park, its 'community money'. The decision to build it in Hoyle Mill could be questioned either way. The existing skate parks are used so I would hazard a guess that this one will be used also, I also seem to think I saw the slide in use on Sunday at Hoyle Mill - did it get returned or replaced?

Reply Posted by Ian on Tuesday March 11 2014 at 10:06
Why was this sale discussed IN PRIVATE? they are public servants! Lets demand they show transparency what they intend to do with OUR money and OUR assets.

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 23:32
WE know they are public servants, they know they are (supposed to be) public servants.....trouble is, I don't think they care what any of us thinks, as they are too busy enjoying their easy lunch at our expense to be bothered enough to give a damn.....AND THAT'S WHY THEY NEED TO BE SHOWN THE EXIT

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday March 11 2014 at 10:22
Perhaps the building of a new Fire Station by the developer is part of the "bribe" so taylor wimpey will get the planning permission they require to build their overpriced , paper thin walled shoe boxes that no-one in our town can afford?

Reply Posted by grinds my gears on Tuesday March 11 2014 at 10:53
dedatodd the 100k is not community money, but section106 housing money. Money that comes from developers to reduce the impact of a development and can be spent improving ammenities, schhols and public transport to name a few. Seems funny they basically say heres some money when we get planning permission

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Tuesday March 11 2014 at 11:41
Couldn't remember the term section 106, hence the use of quotes around 'community money'. I understood it was a fund that is provided by planners to help improvement facilities etc as you stated. I seen no issue with using 106 monies for this skate park. What I do see an issue with is people using other topics to have a dig at the building of the skate park, but all are entitled to opinions.

Reply Posted by cp on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 13:16
would it not be simpler and cheaper to build the housing on the site where they intend to relocate the firestation to rather than destroy a perfectly functioning building.
and completely agree with Ian, WHY was this decided in PRIVATE when it is PUBLIC money and a PUBLIC service.....
all sounds shady to me, wonder which councillors got a 'bonus' payment out of this deal........

Reply Posted by Richard on Wednesday March 12 2014 at 23:18
Answers on a postcard!

Surely LABOUR COUNCIL are doing all their deals above board, so I'm sure they'd be delighted to show the council tax payer what they've been up to? SURELY!

And the tumbleweed drifted by and the chill searched around the boardroom looking for a spine to go up!

Reply Posted by Bored on Thursday March 13 2014 at 01:12
It seems like people these days are only happy when they are moaning. The fire station is dated and would probably cost loads to run these days resulting in throwing money away........I can bet people won't want to live in cudworth or lundwood (I know I don't) which means the houses that way are empty. Private meeting or public one the result would be the same. Skate park....why not it would give the kids something to do. What would you all have them build instead? Do you think you could all do a better job????? Are is there some of you out there pinching from the taxpayers and just having a good old moan because you haven't got anything better to do?