PLANS for a new fire station in Dewsbury have been submitted.
Dewsbury and Batley fire stations will close to be replaced with one at Batley Carr.
It is part of wider cuts within West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, which faces losing around £18m in central government grants over the next four years.
The fire brigade has applied for planning permission to demolish the existing warehouse building and build a new fire station along with a training unit at the Meadow Mills site, Carlton Road, Dewsbury.
It will be a four-bay fire station along with vehicle garage, offices, sleeping facilities and rest and recreation areas over two storeys.
There will also be a service yard and parking provision over the 1.03 acre site.
The existing site is an ageing warehouse which is presently occupied. The tenants are relocating as part of a downsizing exercise and the site is available to the fire service for expansion.
As part of the new fire station there will also be a unit for the brigade’s Young Firefighter Scheme.
It’s aimed at 14-16-year-olds who the brigade and education authorities believe could benefit from practical training in addition to their school work.
The cost-cutting changes in the Kirklees and Calderdale areas will see Dewsbury and Batley fire stations close to be replaced with the station at Batley Carr, while both Brighouse and Elland fire stations will be amalgamated into one station in Rastrick.
Calderdale Council is considering the planning application for Rastrick. It has twice gone to the authority’s planning committee only to be deferred due to incomplete information in the planning application.
It will be considered by Calderdale councillors tomorrow.
Also as part of the wider brigade cuts Marsden fire station will close to save the brigade £225,000.