11:59AM, Wednesday 17 April 2013
Windsor's current fire station in St Mark's Road could be up for sale by the end of the year - as the Royal Borough prepares to release £400,000 to finance a new one at Tinkers Lane
It is now 18 months since a deal was struck between the Royal Borough and Berkshire Fire Authority to keep a 24 hour fire service operating in Windsor.
The Fire Authority needs to sell the station in St Marks Road to finance service improvements at Wokingham. But a deal was hammered out in September 2011, under which the borough agreed to provide space at its site in Tinkers Lane so that Windsor could keep its own fire engine in the town.
At Tuesday's (APRIL 23) meeting of the Royal Borough the authority is expected to agree to contribute £300,000 towards the station at Tinkers Lane - the remaining £100,000 to come from a government grant.
A building contract is expected to be awarded at a cabinet meeting on Thursday (APRIL 25).
Royal Borough council leader Cllr David Burbage said: “The Royal Borough has remained resolute in its determination to maintain 24/7 fire cover for residents and businesses in the Windsor area.
“Given the cross party support I feel confident that there will be wide approval for this capital spend and then we can move quickly towards getting the building works under way."
The £300,000 funding for the fire station will come from the council's capital budget and from money awarded to it by the government for meeting targets.
The new fire station could be open within the year.
Firefighter Michael Rowley, Windsor representative for the Fire Brigade Union said: "We welcome the efforts to maintain a 24/7 service for Windsor. However we need to establish the details and longevity of this plan."
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