The future of Dronfield fire station set to be debated

Lee Rowley
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The future of Dronfield fire station is to be debated next week.

Derbyshire Fire Authority members will discuss whether to close the station to save costs after a public consultation.

Lee Rowley, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for North East Derbyshire, who is against the closure, said fire chiefs have published a report which puts the possible closure on hold.

“In October it was the Fire Authority themselves who began this consultation saying they needed to ‘act decisively’ and ‘proactively’ on these proposals.

“After seeing the depth of opposition, this has now been completely watered down to only ‘take account of the consultation feedback’, to consult more and to look at fire station closures at an unspecific time as ‘a last resort’.

“Dronfield residents want clarity about whether the Fire Authority wants to retain or close the station. They raised the issue and it is no good to try to avoid the subject.

“Next Thursday is the opportunity for the Fire Authority to clarify the position on the future of Dronfield – and a fudged decision which kicks the problem into the long grass simply won’t do.”