Public meeting called over Morley Fire Station closure proposals
A PUBLIC meeting has been called by Morley Borough Independent councillors to discuss the proposed closure of Morley Fire Station.
The closure programme was proposed at the last meeting of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority and could see Morley’s Corporation Street fire station closed, along with Hunslet, and the two merged at a location outside of the town centre.
Coun Robert Finnigan, who has organised the meeting, said: “Our opposition to the closure of Morley Fire Station is already on record as we believe the closure would have a significant impact on the safety of communities - especially in outlying villages such as East Ardsley, Drighlington and Gildersome.
“We are calling this meeting to give local residents the opportunity to express their views.
“We will then use this as the basis for our representation to the formal consultation process.”
The closure programme proposes a merger between Morley and Hunslet fire stations with a new fire station constructed possibly along the Dewsbury Road corridor.
Coun Shirley Varley said “We have invited the Fire Brigades Union along to put their case and fire officers are already meeting town and city councillors to discuss their concerns.”
The meeting will be held on Monday, October 8 at 7pm in the Council Chamber in Morley Town Hall.
Anyone wanting to go along to have their say on the proposals is invited to do so.
A final decision on the closure proposal will be taken at the Fire Authorities December meeting.
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