The Wakefield fire control centre still empty and unused after eight years

Still no takers for fire control centre
Still no takers for fire control centre
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THE £14 million fire control centre in Wakefield remains empty and unused eight years after it was built, Ministers have confirmed.

The centre was part of a project launched under the last Government to overhaul the way fire services across the country handle calls.

But problems with computer systems and delays led to the Coalition scrapping the idea when it came to power in 2010.

Since then the current administration has been trying to offload the nine centres that were built but in its latest update the Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed Wakefield remains one of four standing idle.

“Whilst initial interest from potential sub-tenants detailed within the last update has not materialised, there has been specific interest in, and direct enquiries about, all of the four remaining centres, which we are pursuing,” the report says.

It says that one of the bidders for a Government contract to provide mobile communications to the emergency services is including the Wakefield centre in its tender. The contract is due to be awarded in July.

Two years ago, the Public Accounts Committee was told the Government was close to an agreement over the Wakefield centre but it never materialised.