Analysis to be carried out on refurbishing local fire station against the cost of new premises

A feasibility study/cost analysis will be carried out

Darren Hassett

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Bagenalstown Fire Station

Preliminary discussions have been held with the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Services over the future of Bagenalstown Fire Station following a structural report on the current condition of the facility. 

The meeting was to discuss whether the optimum course of action is the refurbishment of the exisiting station or a new build on another site. 

A site survey has been conducted of Bagenalstown Fire Station which discovered "many structural deficiencies" within the building.

The €450,000 refurbishment previously granted "may not fully cover the extent of the works required to ensure the structural integrity of the building", Carlow County Council have previously stated. 

Currently, the National Directorate are restructuring their staff with capital projects being reassigned. 

The Council have been advised by the National Director not to make any submissions prior to April 1 due to the restructuring. 

In the meantime, a feasibility study/cost analysis will be carried out between refurbishing the existing station against proposals to construct a new premises. 

Two main areas of concern are the sloping site and the poor sub-soil conditions which have led to the structural cracking.