Plans unveiled for new fire station

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THE new fire station at Rastrick will be built in Clough Lane, subject to planning permission.

Ten sites had initially been discussed for the station which will combine both Brighouse and Elland stations as part of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority’s aim to save money.

Among them were Bramston Street and Ogden Lane, both of which were quickly dismissed. Others included Sunnyfields Cattery in Toothill Bank, Badger Hill Cricket Club in Dewsbury Road, Lands Farm in New Hey Road, Rastrick Cricket Club in Clough Lane, land at Pinfold Lane, DC Fabrications and others in Dewsbury Road, land next to the M62 in Dewsbury Road and Lindley Moor Road.

But the land in Clough Lane opposite the junction with Slade Lane was considered to be the only site which met the exact requirements, available to purchase, good access to road networks and not located within flood plains.

It also had to cater for both areas, provide a quick response to the M62 for road traffic accidents and be more accessible for the higher risk areas of Huddersfield.

The plans for the ‘three-bay station’ have been submitted to Calderdale Council by their agent DPP One Ltd. It will include two fire appliances, one main vehicle and a back up, plus a boat and towing vehicle. The specialist water rescue currently based at Brighouse will be moved too.

There is an open air yard, a road traffic collision area and a tower. Parking for staff and visitors. There will also be a multi-function room that could be used by community groups.

There will be 24 firefighters at the station, a loss of 24 full-time posts through planned retirement, a commander and a clerk.

Consultation did take place including 57 letters being sent out to nearby residents. Ten letters or calls were received. Some of the comments included the site being in the wrong location, the impact of the traffic and parking, the unacceptable level of noise, an invasion of privacy, and the length of construction.

There is 21 days for representations. A decision date has been set for November.