Rothwell Labour Party’s community campaign to save our fire station not only saved our fire station and fire engine, but we recently got the even better news that we are to get a brand new fire station built on the same site.
Councillors and residents were delighted when we were told that Rothwell’s new fire station is to be built in the spring, with a temporary fire station providing emergency cover at the same location during the demolition and construction.
I’m very much looking forward to our brand new fire station being built, and it just goes to show what people power can do. We have now been given the planned start date for the main contractors to be on site which is the 17th March and although there has been a delay by BT in getting the temporary phone lines installed, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is still confident that its target date will be met and that the project will keep on schedule.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service tell us that there will undoubtedly be some initial noise on site when the demolition starts, in particular the breaking up of the concrete slab and the contractors will be circulating letters in the local area. The fire service require its contractors to be part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which sets certain standards to limit the impact on local residents.
There’s no doubt that the new Rothwell fire station represents a significant investment in the area and will provide a high quality service, making our residents feel safe and secure for many years to come. Our community campaign and petition was a great success and we had great fun out and about at community events and galas gathering signatures and chatting with everyone!
It’s been great working with the community to save Rothwell fire station with ward colleague David Nagle and Rothwell campaigner Angela Kellett, who with the tenants and residents association was out collecting signatures to help our campaign to keep our fire station, so we’re all delighted with the fantastic news that our new fire station is about to be built.