Berkshire news Berkshire's oldest fire station will finally close MetiNews.Com
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Breaking News ! The oldest and smallest fire station in Berkshire will close for good after years of uncertainty. Despite the closure of Wargrave fire station being delayed a number of times after members of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority voted to close it in 2017, it will shut on Wednesday, July 1. Part-time firefighters will do their final shouts from the fire station in Victoria Road before it permanently closes. Find out how you can get the latest news from BerkshireLive delivered straight to your inbox The station was initially given 12 months to improve its availability, and the final decision on its closure was delayed three times. Even as July 1 approached some members of the authority suggested giving it another stay of execution. Reading councillor Paul Gittings (Labour), who voted against the closure, said: “It just does not feel right, in the middle of a global pandemic, to close Berkshire’s oldest fire station, however valid the reasons might be.
. But a majority of councillors concluded the station had been given enough time to improve.
Wargrave fire station opened in 1903 and is manned by on-call firefighters. The fire authority held a public consultation in 2017 on potential proposals to cut costs after it discovered it needed to make savings of £2.4 million to deliver a balanced budget for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Closing Wargrave and Pangbourne fire stations were the most popular options and the authority agreed to close them.
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