Whiston Fire Station sold by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority for £315,000 (but estate agents charged £5,670 commission)
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority opened a new fire station at Prescot last year which is connected to the closure of fire stations at Huyton and Whiston. The cost of the new fire station was to be offset by the sale of the closed fire stations and councillors on Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority previously agreed a budget estimating that Whiston Fire Station would be sold for £250,000 in the 2016/17 financial year (which didn’t happen).
On Wirral Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority also expected to sell the closed fire station at West Kirby in the 2016/17 financial year for £200,000 and also to sell Upton Fire Station (once it closed after Saughall Massie became operational) for £350,000. As far as I know neither of those two fire stations have been sold (although the public and councillors were told at the time of the consultations on closure that the money from the sale of these two would be used to offset the cost of the new fire station at Saughall Massie).
Whiston Fire Station was finally sold for £315,000 in 2018. However it was only sold after outline planning permission for eighteen detached and semi-detached dwellings for the site was granted.
Hardie Brack Limited charged Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority £5,670 in August 2018 for work involved in the marketing and sale of Whiston fire station.
However closed fire stations don’t always end up with houses being built on the site as in Wrexham, the closed fire station there has been demolished and a cattery is being built there.
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