PEOPLE concerned about the future of Brackley’s Old Fire Station are being told it will need to pay for itself in order to secure the building for the future.
On Wednesday, March 9 dozens of people attended a series of meetings to discuss the future of the 124 fire station in High Street.
The fire service left the aging building last year for a modern building off St James Road which was opened by the His Royal Highness, the Duke of York in April.
On Wednesday two meetings, organised by Brackley Means Business chair Jan Dean, were held in the town hall to discuss the formation of a not for profit community group to push forward plans for the station.
The fire station and adjacent park are owned by the National Trust. Rental income from the station was used to pay for the maintenance or the park carried out by Brackley Town Council at a cost of £6,000 per year .
Town mayor Chris Blunden was at one of the meetings and said: “It was interesting. However there are some in the town who think they can get something for nothing and that’s not going to happen.
“Someone suggested small groups could meet, but it has got to pay for itself some how.”
Mr Blunden said the Town Council was also in negotiation with NT to take over the ownership of the park, and that he favoured a coffee shop and toilet to serve the park, but they had to be careful to avoid large costs, including the repair of the stone wall which surrounds three sides of the park and could cost up to £100,000.