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Haworth fire station’s future on agenda during meeting
7:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
The body co-ordinating efforts to retain an emergency service at Haworth Fire Station will meet with Fire and Rescue bosses next week.
The Worth Valley Joint Trans-port Committee – comprising representatives from Haworth, Cross Roads & Stanbury Parish Council, Keighley Town Council and Oxenhope Parish Council – says the meeting will take place on Tuesday.
The three local councils have been involved in talks aimed at ensuring Haworth Fire Station, which was scheduled for closure in December 2012, will remain open.
Earlier this year, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue confirmed it would consider the establishment of a new, community-style emergency service centre using mainly volunteers.
Councillor John Huxley, chairman of the Joint Transport Committee and also of the parish council, said: “In our discussions with Fire and Rescue, we’ve worked hard to reach a valley-wide solution.
“While we’ve undoubtedly made progress, it has not been easy. Nothing like this has been attempted before, and we’re still working very closely with Fire and Rescue to find a formula that will satisfy the need for a ‘blue-light’ presence in the valley.
“Given the current financial situation, we’re looking for an innovative solution without risking a ‘double taxation’ issue for Worth Valley community charge-payers.”
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