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Fire station row will go to court

A date has been set for a judicial review of the consultation process used over the proposed closure of a Berkshire fire station at night.

The review was requested by council leaders as part of its campaign to save 24-hour cover at Windsor station.

It comes after Berkshire Fire Authority agreed last year to cut operating hours and provide a service from Slough between 2000 and 0800 BST.

The High Court hearing will go ahead on 29 January, 2009.

The council's application sought a review on the grounds that the fire authority's consultation process was flawed.

It claims the decision was based on historical statistics and without proper assessment of future risk in respect of population increases in Windsor and Slough.

Councillor David Burbage, leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, said: "We took the decision to resort to legal action to overturn the fire authority's decision.

"We want to keep up the fight to safeguard the level of fire cover our residents and visitors to Windsor need and deserve."

The fire authority said the plans were "part of a county-wide programme to improve levels of fire cover where it is most needed".


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