Cork County Council has moved a step closer on the development of a new state-of-the-art fire station in Kanturk.
Confirmation was given to local Fine Gael Cllr. John Paul O’Shea at this week’s Northern Committee of Cork County Council where the Council confirmed they have selected a preferred tender for the development and is now awaiting sign off by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to proceed. Cllr. O’Shea has requested a meeting with Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Damien English, TD to ensure the construction of the new Fire Station proceeds as quickly as possible.
The new fire station will serve the towns of Kanturk and Newmarket as well as many small villages in the vicinity. Currently the Kanturk Fire Brigade serves a population of 15,000 people and responds to about 110 incidents per year.
The construction period is set to take approximately 12 months. The current fire station is located on a confined site, adjacent to a housing estate which eliminates any prospect of allowing the current facilities to be considered for upgrading.
The new fire station will comprise of two new appliance bays, lobby, changing rooms, toilets, shower room, lecture/training room and associated ancillary buildings with drill yard, forecourt, parking facilities, landscaping and footpath realignment works.
The fire station, when constructed, will play a pivotal role in the town of Kanturk and will serve a large number of communities in the surrounding area. This new facility will also assist in encouraging new retained firefighters for Kanturk along with supporting our fantastic existing firefighters.