New fire sta­tion should have a gym, says coun­cil­lor

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Calls have been made to pro­vide a gym in a new fi sta­tion be­ing built in a West Cork town, and to trans­form the ex­ist­ing sta­tion into an ecom­merce cen­tre.

A meet­ing of the West Cork mu­nic­i­pal district coun­cil was shown plans for a new fire sta­tion at The Miles in Clon­akilty. Of­fi­cials said the sin­gle storey build­ing will be lo­cated near the new Clon­akilty Black­pud­ding Com­pany fac­tory which opened last year.

Cllr Christo­pher O’Sul­li­van said the cur­rent fire sta­tion was not fit for pur­pose. “So it’s fan­tas­tic, we’re gett g a big­ger and bet­ter fire sta­tion,” he said.

He asked of­fi­cials if they could pro­vide a gym in the new build­ing for the part-time fire­men.

“They’re re­ally as full-time as you get be­cause they have to stay around Clon­akilty in case of an emer­gency. They’re es­sen­tially on call all the time. They have these (gym) fa­cil­i­ties in the city,” Cllr O’Sul­li­van said.

In re­la­tion to the fu­ture use of the cur­rent build­ing at Rossa Street, the Clon­akilty­based coun­cil­lor said: “We’ve seen the suc­cess of the Ludgate in Sk­ib­bereen as an ecom­merce cen­tre. An e-hub is also needed in Clon­akilty.”

Of­fi­cials said the pro­posed new fi ans had gone through the public con­sul­ta­tion process. The cre­ation of a gym, how­ever, would be de­pen­dant on fund­ing.

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