Rising concern over fire station site in Northallerton master plan

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REASSURANCES have been given that Northallerton will not lose its fire cover after mounting concern the fire station site could be included in a major redevelopment of the heart of the town.

Hambleton District council’s cabinet have agreed to spend £30,000 on a review by consultants into a masterplan for the centre of the town following closure of the prison and the rural payments agency.

More than 600 jobs are being lost in the town and it is hoped the site could be used for major economic regeneration.

As the offices border the existing fire station site and the Hambleton council owned Crosby road car park it was agreed these should be included in the area considered for development.

But Councillot John Coulson told the cabinet meeting there had been rising concern from people whose homes bordered the car park and about the fire station.

He said: “People didn’t know the fire service were reviewing their estate. I really do welcome this but I think we should have had more meat on the bone before it was made public.”

Council leader Mark Robson said it would be up to the fire authority to decide what they wanted to do, but it would all be looked at as part of the study.

“Be assured under no circumstances would the fire station close so there is no fire cover in Northallerton, there will always be a fire station,” he added.

Simon Garnett-Spence for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "As part of our estates strategy we keep all our property under review and will continue to look at the impact of any changes to the fire station site in Northallerton. We do not currently have any plans to change anything on the site.”

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