THE decision to close Brighouse fire station and build a new one in Rastrick has been welcomed by Calder Valley’s MP.
Craig Whittaker has given his backing to the controversial proposal which is the result of the emergency fire cover review undertaken last year which identified critical areas of over and under provision.
The site in Lister Street is among 10 stations earmarked to close by West Yorkshire fire chiefs and be replaced by five new buildings.
Mr Whittaker said it was a great move for the area.
“And at a time with huge budget restraints and of course a massive reduction in the amount of fires over the years where levels of cover are not the same as they were ten years ago, this makes absolute sense.
“Rastrick is central to the whole area. It should be seen as hugely positive that when times are really tight with money that fire chiefs have decided they will build a brand new fire station that could only benefit us all.”
The plans have also been welcomed by all three Rastrick councillors. Coun Christine Beal (Con) said: “It appears to make sense geographically to Rastrick, Elland and Brighouse residents alike. Most people consider Rastrick as part of Brighouse anyway, so it’s not quite true to say that Brighouse would lose its station.
“Also, we are assured by the fact that the proposal has come after extensive review of fire cover by senior fire officers in West Yorkshire who are obviously well informed and well paced to make such decisions with the interests of all residents at heart.”
But Brighouse councillor Colin Stout (Ind) said he was outraged that the town could lose its station.
“There could be major incidents in Brighouse at anytime and with it being at the main junction of the M62 it is vital,” he said. “I just think if it isn’t broken don’t mend it. I’m not averse to having reviews and savings, providing they are sensible ones.”
Further details will be revealed tomorrow at the fire authority meeting at the fire headquarters in Birkenshaw.