Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Maltby to get merged police and fire station

An impression of the new station Image copyright South Yorkshire Fire Service
Image caption The merged station should be operational in 2016, said the fire service

A joint police and fire station has been approved for a South Yorkshire town in a bid to save money.

Maltby fire station is to close and the police station modified for fire vehicles and staff under plans approved by Rotherham Council.

Beverley Sandy, of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: "This move makes perfect sense for us, for the police and for the taxpayer."

The combined resources would provide a more efficient service, she added.

The High Street fire station has one full-time engine.

Work is expected to begin on the Byford Road police station in the new year.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, welcomed the move.

The South Yorkshire Fire Authority has said a proposal to merge services with West Yorkshire could be "the best option" to cope with reduced budgets.

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