Dursley News - April 2009

April 22nd was the official opening day for Dursley's new £1.5 million fire station which was attended by a large crowd of well-wishers and local dignitaries. The station houses the two fire engines from the old station as well as the county's Mass Decontamination Disrobe Unit (MDD) and it will also be home to a brand new high-tech hovercraft to be used for flood rescues.

Progress on the new Sainsbury's store is likely to slow over the next few months as the plans are reassessed and resubmitted following initial groundwork excavations and site observations. This is going to delay completion but it should be open sometime in 2010.

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    Fire station official opening day
It's April 22nd and Dursley's engines stand outside the new fire station awaiting the attendees to the official opening day ceremony.
(April 22nd 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Hovercraft on station
A sign of things to come, this hovercraft from the Newent station was brought along to the ceremony as an example of the type which will soon be based in Dursley.
(April 22nd 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    ... and the old one has gone!
Just a patch of red brick dust is all that remains of Dursley's old fire station in the town centre.
(April 21st 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Clearing the site
A few days later and the concrete base for the old fire station is being torn up and put through the crusher as part of the site clearance.
(April 24th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Substation housing complete
The housing for the new substation has now been completed and currently stands in isolation on the Sainsbury's site.
(April 18th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    The new and the not quite so new
Dursley's new library, opened in 2006, stands adjacent to the brand new, still to be completed, town houses in May Lane, making an interesting contrast.
(April 13th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
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