Disappointment over no new build for Limavady Fire Station

Limavady Fire Station.

Limavady Fire Station.

East Londonderry MLA George Robinson MBE has expressed disappointment that Limavady Fire Station is to be refurbished rather than re-built.

It follows a response to a question by the DUP representative from Health Minister Michelle O’Neill, under whose department NIFRS falls.

The minister stated: “Limavady Fire Station was earmarked for replacement following a stock condition survey in 2008. The Fire and Rescue Service has re-assessed this location and are planning a major refurbishment of the existing station. This is planned for commencement early 2017.”

Mr Robinson said: “While I am disappointed that the new build is not to take place, to have the station refurbished is at least a step forward.

“As it is almost 10 years since work on the Limavady Fire Station was mentioned I am relieved that the men and women of our fire service will have better conditions to work from.

“It is always important that we remember that the firefighters in Limavady are part-time volunteers who have decided to join the Fire Service as a major way of serving the community in which they live.

“I certainly am extremely proud of members past and present who have delivered such an important service to our town.

“While not the new build we had hoped for, the refurbishment will at least give them conditions superior to what they have currently.”