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York fire station land sale approved

  • 6-22-2011

Plans to sell a car park in York as a site for a new fire station have been approved.

The city council backed plans to sell the Kent Street car park to North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

Fire chiefs believe the existing station in Clifford Street is no longer viable.

The proposed move was criticised by a conservation group and a Green councillor who say it could lead to increased fire risk in the city centre.

The fire service said its current premises are too small, have inadequate training facilities and are liable to flooding.

Concerns over the proposed move are based on a plan to locate just one fire engine at Kent Street compared to the two currently at Clifford Street.

An extra appliance would instead be sited at Huntington on the outskirts of the city.

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