Aldi store plans for former South Elmsall fire station site

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Discount retailer Aldi has revealed plans to build a new store on the former South Elmsall fire station site.

The company is currently negotiating with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Wakefield Council, which owns a car park at the side of the site on Barnsley Road.

If the plans get the go ahead, 50 new jobs would be created when the store opens.

The fire station closed last Friday when crews moved to the new South Kirkby fire station at South Kirkby Business Park. Hemsworth fire station is expected to close some time next month and this site will also be put up for sale.

Mark Taylor, property director for Aldi Stores, said: “Aldi has been looking to come to South Elmsall for some time and we are excited about progressing these plans.

“Aldi is working with a development partner to progress a discount foodstore for the community.

“The new foodstore will bring up to 50 jobs for local people.”

The retailer said it would be holding a public consultation event over the next few months.

Sarah Pearson, Wakefield Council service director for economic growth and housing, said: “The council and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are in discussions with a number of potential developers for the redevelopment of the site.”

A spokesperson for the fire service said: “We are still in negotiations with Wakefield Council regarding the joint disposal for the South Elmsall site, so we are unable to comment any further on this at present.

“With regards to Hemsworth Fire Station we are looking to close next month, however, a final date has not yet been confirmed.”

Home Bargains is also rumoured to be coming to South Elmsall and the Express understands it will open a branch in the former Netto, alongside the fire station.

Home Bargains was unable to confirm the rumour but owner TJ Morris is already advertising for a store manager.

The new South Kirkby station is staffed by 13 firefighters.

It is a two-bay operational fire station with a training tower, a two-bay vehicle garage, offices, a rest and recreation area, a service yard and car parking.

It also has a separate close call accommodation building. An official opening is still being planned.

Firefighters at Hemsworth are organising a commemorative event and are still appealing for old photographs and memorabilia of the Wakefield Road station, which was built in 1975. Anyone who has any pictures should email bcorcoran@heathview.wakefield.sch.uk