York & North Yorkshire

York fire station to close and be replaced by new-build

A fire station which serves York city centre is to close, the local fire authority has announced.

Clifford Street fire station considered "not fit for purpose" will be replaced by a new one on Kent Street.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said it supported the move providing fire cover in the city centre was not jeopardised and there were sufficient appliances.

The decision about where appliances will be located to ensure the city has sufficient cover has been deferred.

Modern facilities

Chief Fire Officer Nigel Hutchinson said: "It was better to have a single station at Kent street than it was to re-locate the Clifford Street site and have a separate fire station in the south east.

"We can achieve slightly better public protection with that solution than we could having two fire stations."

The FBU had been concerned that appliances including the aerial ladder platform would be located too far away from the city centre.

Ken King, vice chair of North Yorkshire Fire Authority said: "The main concern is not particularly about the location of the fire station, it's where the appliances went.

"What we've agreed today is to go ahead with the station, but re-examine for a future report where the appliances should be situated."

Steve Howley from the Fire Brigades Union said: "If management can satisfy the FBU and firefighters in York that the cost of the expensive re-development of Kent street is not going to come at any cost of firefighters jobs then we fully support the move to a brand new fire station with all the modern facilities it will bring. "

It is currently thought that staff at Clifford Street will be moved to Huntington and Kent Street fire stations.

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