Decision on fire station deferred for a second time

THE future of Brighouse and Elland fire stations still hangs in the balance after the decision for a new station at Rastrick was delayed for a second time.

Councillors decided to defer the decision, after being updated by a council officer only minutes before the application was due to be heard, until they received clarification regarding the noise levels at night.

Calderdale Council’s planning committee was told they had got the noise surveys about outdoor activities that take place typically at a fire station but there had been no consideration given to the summer evenings when outdoor drills could be held.

Councillors were given two options, they could make a decision about the application but outdoor drills would not be able to take place until the survey was completed, or they could defer the decision. The legal officer advised them to chose the latter and all seven councillors agreed.

This was the second time the plans were due to be heard about the proposed new station in Clough Lane, Rastrick. In December the application was withdrawn to allow it to be advertised as affecting a public right of way.

The plans are recommended for approval despite 36 letters of objections.

The proposal is for a new three bay operational fire station, which will comprise of vehicle garage, offices, dormitory and rest and recreation areas. It will serve both Brighouse and Elland, parts of Huddersfield and the M62.

Many nearby residents have objected to the plans. Some of the concerns include the increase in traffic which will make the area a death trap, noise disturbance to residents and some have concerns that there could be a hidden agenda of a new motorway junction at Clough Lane.

A new date will be set for the application to heard by the planning committee at Halifax Town Hall once the survey has been completed.

Residents have asked that the new information is also sent to them once the results have been gathered.