FIRE chiefs have revealed that the axe is still set to fall on Moira Fire Station – despite major potential cuts across the border in South Derbyshire.
Bosses at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that plans to close the station by 2014 are still in place.
Some thought the decision could be set for review after it counterparts in Derbyshire unveiled plans to restructure its stations, which will see nearby Swadlincote manned by only on-call firefighters.
However, fire chiefs will press on with the plans ahead of the opening of a new station in Castle Donington
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service area manager for organisational development Joe Tasker said: “We are considering all of the options in respect of a fire and rescue station at Castle Donington.
“Our plans remain unchanged for Moira Fire and Rescue Station.
“We still plan to activate the new facility at some point in 2014 and only when the new fire and rescue station in Castle Donington becomes available, will we close Moira.”
The station in Moira was handed a stay of execution by fire chiefs in 2010 after it agreed to plans to keep the site open until the new Castle Donington site was up and running.
Campaigners have long stated that the decision will put lives at risk in an area which they say will not be adequately served by Ashby and Swadlincote.
A 4,000-strong petition was drawn up calling for the station to be saved but despite protests by the late North West Leicestershire MP David Taylor and current MP Andrew Bridgen, it looks unlikely to stop the site’s closure.
The matter returned to the spotlight after it was revealed that major changes would be made to firefighting in South Derbyshire.
Swadlincote Fire Station would become manned only by on-call firefighters, Melbourne Fire Station would close and a new station in Hilton will be built if plans are approved.