10:19AM, Wednesday 01 May 2013
The contract for building Windsor’s new fire station at Tinkers Lane has been awarded.
At a meeting on Thursday the Royal Borough's cabinet agreed to award the £400,000 building contract to Wernicks Ltd – another step forward in the council’s commitment to ensuring long-term 24/7 fire cover in Windsor.
This follows last week’s decision by the council to release £400,000 capital funding for the building project.
Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet deputy chairman and Windsor councillor, said: “The council has worked tirelessly towards the goal of a 24/7 fire service for Windsor residents and this is being achieved from a previous scenario of complete closure only a couple of years ago."
The battle began when Berkshire Fire Authority decided it needed to sell of the existing station in St Mark's Road, Windsor to finance better service in the Wokingham area. Now it looks as if Windsor will get a new permanent station despite the sale.
But meanwhile rumours have been spreading that the new £1.5m fire station opened in Easthampstead Road, Wokingham last year has not been the success it was hoped.
This week Berkshire's chief fire officer Iain Cox said: "There have been some issues with the building but it is nothing fundamental. The quality of certain parts of it are not quite what we would expect. The floor has cracks in it and we do not know yet quite what the issue is."
But he emphasised that the problem was similar to a new car with cracked paintwork - 'a list of nagging issues' rather than a major problem. At one point firefighters there had problems with the showers although this has been sorted out.
There are no plans to move firefighters out.
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