02:35AM, Thursday 06 March 2014
A new modular fire station for Windsor could be up and running by November as the decade-long fight to keep a 24-hour service operating in the town finally pays off.
Royal Borough leader Cllr David Burbage has signed an agreement with Berkshire Fire Authority chairman Colin Dudley, making an area of the borough's recycling depot in Tinkers Lane available to house a new fire station on a rent-free 30-year lease.
Fire Authority member Cllr Phill Bicknell (Con, Park) who is also deputy chairman of the Royal Borough cabinet, said: "We hope the building will be up and running by November, although it won't be a disaster if it extends till January."
Royal Borough councillors fought for years to persuade fellow members of the Fire Authority - the vast majority of whom are from other parts of the county - to agree to the deal that would keep a 24-hour service based in Windsor.
The Fire Authority wants to sell Windsor's existing fire station in St Mark's Road to finance improvements to the service in Wokingham. It will close when the new Tinkers Lane building is ready.
Work on the new building was delayed when amendments had to be made to the original plan agreed by Royal Borough councillors last summer.
The new station will cover 227 square metres in Tinkers Lane with an area for the engine covering 87 square metres and space for an adjoining two-storey office and training area.
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