10:53AM, Wednesday 17 April 2013
A new fire station for Windsor could be built to provide 24/7 cover in the town.
The Royal Borough will be asked to release £400,000 for the new building at Tinkers Lane at a meeting on Tuesday.
The council and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service have a partnership agreement for the council to provide the new station, and the fire service will staff and run it.
The council will contribute £300,000 of capital funding, with the remaining £100,000 from the fire service by way of a government grant administered through the council.
Council leader Cllr David Burbage said: “Given the cross party support for maintaining the fire cover in Windsor that local people want and deserve, I feel confident that there will be wide approval for this capital spend and then we can move quickly towards letting the contract and, subject to planning approval, getting the building works under way.”
The proposal will be made to the full council meeting on Tuesday before the building contract is awarded at a cabinet meeting on Thursday, April 25.
The former fire station in St Mark's Road (pictured) is due to be sold for redevelopment.
Cllr Burbage said the new fire station could be open within the year.
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