06:22AM, Wednesday 24 April 2013
Cold water poured on plans to spend £400,000 on a new fire station in Tinkers Lane in Windsor made one Royal Borough cabinet member hot under the collar last night.
News that the money for the station has been found by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council delighted councillors when they met this week.
The new station will replace the station at St Mark's Road which Berkshire Fire Authority is selling off.
But opposition councillor Cllr George Fussey (Lib Dem, Eton and Castle) expressed doubts at council leader David Burbage's claim that it would mean a 24-hour fire coverage would continue inside the town.
He said he believed that shifts would change at Slough, leaving the new Windsor station empty twice a day.
But Cllr Phill Bicknell (Con, Park), deputy chairman of the cabinet, hit back, saying: "The fire appliance at St Mark's Road often had to stand in for Bracknell and that meant it was away from the Windsor station more than it will be under the new system."
Harmony was restored though as councillors voted unanimously to support the expenditure on the station at Tinkers Lane.
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.