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More talks held on future of fire cover in keighley district
1:58pm Thursday 20th March 2014 in Keighley
Campaigners fighting to retain some form of emergency service at Haworth Fire Station will be meeting West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority bosses next month.
Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish council chairman, Councillor John Huxley, told tourist attraction representatives that the facility would close as a retained fire station at the end of this year.
However, he said some progress was being made by the Worth Valley Joint Transport and Emergency Services Committee, which includes representatives from Haworth, Oxenhope and Keighley councils, to find a way to keep the station going as a volunteer-run community-style emergency centre.
Addressing members of the Bronte Country Tourism Partnership last week, Coun Huxley said: “The idea is to create a valley-wide blue light centre to maintain some sort of emergency cover for the whole of the valley.
“We’re talking to the police about forming a board to run that building after it closes as a retained fire station.
“We’ve generated support from some politicians, and we’re going to meet with the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority on April 25. We’re on the fringes of Bradford district, and as Bradford Council and the emergency services retreat because of financial cuts we’ll have to take responsibility.”
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