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Castletown Commissioners to buy old fire station

'Site could be used for extra parking'

Castletown Commissioners are asking the government for £200,000 to complete the purchase of the old fire station on Farrants Way.

The site, which is opposite the Town Hall,  has been earmarked previously as an option for providing extra parking to help meet the high demand for spaces in the ancient capital.

The local authority is petitioning the Department of Infrastructure for the loan, which will also be used to make 'environmental improvements' in the area.

The Department will consider the petition from 18 June. Until then anyone is welcome to submit their views to the Petitions Officer at the Local Government Unit.

Chairman Colin Leather says the fire station could be used for a variety of purposes, and expressions of interest will be sought for short term use of the site.

The old fire station first opened in 1964, but services there were transferred to a new site on Ronaldsway Industrial Estate in 2017.

The Commissioners agree they no longer want the site to 'sit idle', as Mr Leather explains.

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