Two Leeds fire stations saved from axe

Firefighters tackled blaze at Airedale International, in Rawdon, last year.
Firefighters tackled blaze at Airedale International, in Rawdon, last year.
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Campaigners are celebrating after plans to close two fire stations in Leeds were shelved.

Rawdon and Otley fire stations were both earmarked for the axe three years ago under proposals to relocate services to Menston.

But West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority have halted the move following “significant difficulties” trying to find a site for the new station.

The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed the proposed closures were part of the authority’s shake-up after the Government announced a funding cut of up to £18m over four years from 2011.

Deputy chief fire officer Steve Beckley said: “We have had significant difficulties identifying an appropriate site for a new fire station in the Menston area.

“In spite of this disappointment, I am pleased that we are able to offer an alternative proposal that delivers a high standard of service for communities in this area, alongside the necessary efficiency savings.

“I’m sure that people who live in the locality of Otley and Rawdon will be pleased by this decision.

“We look forward to investing in these stations to ensure they remain fit for purpose for the future.”

At a full fire Authority meeting yesterday (Friday) the revised plans for Otley and Rawdon fire stations were approved.

Chair of the authority, Councillor Judith Hughes, said: “The authority is pleased that a suitable alternative has been found which will offer communities a good standard of emergency cover, well within target response times.”

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