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South Yorkshire fire chiefs offer station to community groups

Fire Station Closures
Royston fire station in Barnsley which is proposed for closure in fire service cuts

Fire Station Closures Royston fire station in Barnsley which is proposed for closure in fire service cuts

NEW tenants are being sought for a fire station in South Yorkshire which is set to close at the end of the year because of cutbacks.

Firefighters will leave Royston station for the last time on December 31 – and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue plans to sell the site soon afterwards.

But in the meantime, fire brigade chiefs hope the station can be used by a local community group on a short-term basis for free, until a permanent buyer is found.

The 50-year-old building includes a kitchen and dining area, offices, dormitory, maintenance area and three vehicle bays.

There is also a small parking area at the front and an enclosed rear yard.

Andrew Stevens, the brigade’s head of asset management, said: “Royston fire station has served the public for half a century.

“Now that its operational activity is coming to an end, we’re looking forward to finding a local community group interested in occupying the property until a permanent sale is achieved.

“This is a large site, with excellent facilities with the added quirk of being home to local firefighters since the 1960s.

“We hope that the building’s useful life can be extended by offering a much-needed, short-term home to a group in need.”

South Yorkshire Fire Authority decided to close the part-time station earlier this year, as part of moves to deal with a huge drop in Government funding.

n For more information on leasing the site, email aknott@syfire.gov.uk or call 0114 253 2361.

 

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