Thursday 18 October 2018

Revamp of fire station is now back on track

Myles Buchanan

The Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council has committed to the upgrade of Baltinglass Fire Station which had to be put on hold following the 2008 financial crisis.

Plans were under way for an upgrade of the fire station in 2007 costing in the region of €1 million and predicted to take up to a year to complete the construction phase.

Consultants were sought to carry out a costing and design survey to be lodged with the Department of the Environment and Local Government.

However, the economic crash in 2008 meant the finances were no longer available for the project.

At Monday's Budget Meeting of Wicklow County Council, Chief Executive Frank Curran said the upgrade works were back on track.

Cllr Tommy Cullen welcomed the news having met Mr Curran last week at the site of Baltinglass Fire Station.

'The building was constructed in the 1960s and isn't suitable for purpose anymore. The Chief Executive has committed to start of works on a new development soon and I have to commend him for personally coming out to Baltinglass to visit the site. There were upgrade plans a number of years ago but the economic downturn put paid to those plans. The upgrade will cost in the region of €1 million and will also include works to widen the site. It leaves Baltinglass in the ideal situation to be an anchor station for large parts of west and south Wicklow.'

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