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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Old Workington fire station to be knocked down

Plans have been lodged to demolish Workington’s former town centre fire station.

Cumbria County Council has applied to Allerdale council for permission to knock down the station and four other derelict buildings on King Street.

The council said the buildings are not fit to be reused because most are laden with asbestos, in a state of disrepair and were purpose-built for the fire service.

The King Street fire station opened in 1945 but the fire service moved in July to new premises at Moorclose.

The council said immediate use of the site would be as an open space and, as a gesture of goodwill to residents, the council wants to build four parking bays on a grass embankment at Frances Croft.

It will also build a perimeter fence, erect three new street lights and widen a footpath.

A council spokesman said: “The site is surplus to requirements yet still costs the county council money to keep secure.”

If planning permission is granted, work on the King Street site could start later this month and be completed in late December.

Workington’s new fire station at Moorclose will be officially opened next Thursday by county council chairman Alan Barry and Councillor Barry Doughty.

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