FIRE chiefs have confirmed that the axe will finally fall on Moira Fire Station in the next few months – despite years of campaigning to keep it open.
Bosses at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that the station is set to be closed for good by the ‘middle of July’ and the area will instead by served by the opening of a new station in Castle Donington
The move will no doubt spark worries across North West Leicestershire and neighbouring South Derbyshire as the move could leave certain parts of both areas with a lack of cover during an emergency or a fire.
Shaun O’Donnell, head of community response for the service, said: “I can confirm that the plans to close Moira Fire Station are set to go-ahead and we anticipate the closure to take place around the middle of July.
“The service will then move its focus to providing cover in the area via the new fire station based in Castle Donington.”
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 looked unlikely to stop the site’s closure.
The matter returned to the spotlight at the end of last year after major changes to firefighting in South Derbyshire were floated by fire chiefs – which could have seen Swadlincote Fire Station become manned only by on-call firefighters, Melbourne Fire Station close and a new station in Hilton built.
However, the plans were scrapped after 85 per cent of people consulted slammed the plans.