Dursley News - March 2009

After the snow during the previous month, the sun came out and things looked a lot brighter during March. Dursley's fire station on Kingshilll Road was finished and the engines moved from their old home in the centre of town. This new station is due to be officially opened during April. The previous station was opened in 1965 and gave over 40 years service to the community. Adjacent to the new fire station there has been much progress on the new Rednock School building, including the obvious one of a new path to the front door. In the centre of town, the building work in May Lane has resumed and the seemingly abandoned houses are now taking on a more complete appearance at last.

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    The south wing of the school
The centre-piece of Rednock School, with its distinctive colour, certainly stands out in this view of the south wing.
(March 29th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    The path to the door
A new path has now been laid from Kingshill Road to the front entrance of the new Rednock School.
(March 29th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Substation base
One of the requirements before any building work can begin is to relocate the electricity substation from its present position lower down the hill to one which is adjacent to Castle Street. This shows the new concrete base ready to take the brickwork.
(March 7th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Almost ready for the electrical equipment
Just two weeks later and the brickwork and roof timbers for the new substation building have been erected.
(March 21st 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Site clearance
The site of the old Council, or Victoria day School, has been completely cleared and new building work is awaited.
(March 1st 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    There's nothing but rubble remaining
Just a single pile of rubble in the foreground remains on the site of the Victoria day School.
(March 21st 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    New retaining wall alongside the recreation ground
On the site once occupied by the youth club a substantial retaining wall nears completion. This will allow the earth to be removed so increasing the number of car park spaces available.
(March 21st 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    The old fire station stands down
Viewed from the recreation ground, this picture shows the old fire station on the day the engines finally moved out.
(March 28th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Dursley's new fire station completed
The engines are now inside the new building which awaits its official opening during April.
(March 29th 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    May Lane construction work resumes
Resumption of construction work on the small building site in May Lane has now occurred so hopefully it won't be too long before these houses are finished and occupied.
(March 1st 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    The "Towers" refurbished
The "Towers", once home to Robert Ashton Lister who started the Lister company, has now taken on a new lease of life as part of the Littlecombe Park care home.
(March 1st 2009 - copyright Andrew Barton)
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