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Milestone for fire station plans

Plans for the construction of five new fire stations in Cumbria are to be put out to tender.

The Department for Communities and Local Government's has approved Cumbria County Council's 11m proposal under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI).

There will be two new stations in Carlisle and one each at Patterdale, Penrith and Workington.

Building work is expected to begin in 2010, with stations becoming operational from 2011 to 2013.

Planning permission for each site has already been secured and members of the public gave their views on the plans during a public consultation in 2007.

'Significant development'

The new station at Patterdale will be built on the site of the village's existing station.

Carlisle's flood-hit station at Rickergate will be replaced with two new city centre sites at Durranhill and Newtown.

Workington's new fire station will be built at Moorclose, and the Penrith station will be built at Kemplay Bank roundabout.

The Penrith site will also provide a new home for the county council's emergency planners who are responsible for helping to coordinate responses to major incidents.

Councillor Gary Strong, cabinet member for community development and Safety, said: "This is a significant development which paves the way for a new generation of Cumbrian fire stations.

"Each station will provide improved facilities for firefighters and better access for the communities they serve."


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