Anger over station site

NEIGHBOURING residents to the proposed fire station in Rastrick are outraged about the site.

Clough Lane residents are extremely concerned about the site which is planned for the field opposite the junction with Slade Lane.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue is proposing to close both Brighouse and Elland stations and build a new one in Rastrick.

David Collins, who runs Elder Lea House, said the land had previously been on the market before being offered to the fire service.

“The fire service has looked at other sites but not seriously because there are four other sites in Pinfold Lane, Dewsbury Road and at Ainley Top that are not near residential land and meet all the business plan criteria,” he said.

“This is an unsuitable site and the more suitable ones have not been explored in enough detail.

“When you see the plan it is a massive development. No one in any shape or form objects to a fire station in the area but we feel that because the site was offered it has been accepted.”

The residents fear that if a fire station is built on the green belt land that is also a wildlife corridor, it will set a precedence to build houses.

The bed and breakfast owner added: “One of the things they have said in the business plan is that they want better access to the M62 but the Highways Agency has documented that the number of accidents on the M62 will decrease by 55 per cent in the next few years because of the recent improvements.”

Due to a backlog at Calderdale Council residents now have until November 14 to make representations.

“The fire service has been very helpful. You can’t knock the quality of information and co-operation we have received,” said Mr Collins.