Tomorrow the firefighters who are currently based at Gipton and Stanks are going on a "works outing" to Normanton Fire Station to have a look around and see what the proposed new station to be built at Killingbeck may be like.
|Normanton Fire Station|
Station Commander at Gipton - Nigel Kirk told the Inner East Area Committee way back in September 2012 that the plans had already been submitted to Leeds City Council for the new station.
On checking we discovered this was untrue. In fact to the best of our knowledge these plans are not yet in the public domain. All we know is that it is to be a three appliance bay station (with two appliances).
It is interesting to note the ground floor community room has a separate entrance lobby, kitchen and toilet
(with full disabled access we assume). Is this so that the local community can use the facilities? And indeed the planning application actually refers to the building as a "community fire station"
However the papers of the Finance Resources Committee of WYFRA held in 13th July 2012 it was specifically stated that non of the fire stations to be closed and sold as part of last years integrated risk management plan were NOT current classed as community assets as they were not used for social welfare or social interest purposes. The papers are available to download HERE
We think this may be untrue!
Isnt the Gipton Young Fire fighters Scheme
a Social Welfare Project!
FCCL would like to thank the station cat from Gipton informing us of the trip tomorrow, and as she is a little shy of posting herself we would like to point out she has not been invited along nor is there any signs on the plans for Normanton of a cat flap !
We are hoping however that our increasing network of station cats may be able to give us a hint of how the trip went. Lets just hope the showers aren't communal, like the station opened in the past few years at Bradford!