Prepatory work on new Rastrick Fire Station with build expected to begin soon

New station is merger of Brighouse and Elland

Artists impression of proposed Rastrick Fire Station on land off Clough Lane

Work on a fire station for Rastrick is due to begin this summer.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is closing Brighouse and Elland fire stations and relocating them to one station in Rastrick.

A fire service spokeswoman said timescales were indicative said of the Rastrick build: “We estimate within the next eight to 12 weeks, it will take approximately 12 months and we expect to be operational from Rastrick in the summer of 2015.”

The new Rastrick Fire Station will be built on land at Clough Lane, Rastrick.

It is said that Elland Fire Station is in need of significant capital investment and the proposed new Rastrick station would be best placed to provide a quick response into Brighouse, Elland and the higher risk area of north Huddersfield.

Similar plans to close Batley and Dewsbury and merge them into a new station at Batley Carr is taking longer in the planning stage.

The spokeswoman added: “We are presently in the tendering process for the works, so can only say at this stage that we expect to be operational from the new station in Winter 2015.”

The wider proposals will see 48 full-time firefighter posts lost as West Yorkshire Fire Service faces losing around £18m in central government grants in a four year period.

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