Flats plan for town's landmark fire station

Barry And District News: NEW ERA: A sale has been agreed on Barry's Grade II-listed fire station on Court Road (3051657) NEW ERA: A sale has been agreed on Barry's Grade II-listed fire station on Court Road (3051657)

A SALE has been agreed on a landmark Barry premises once placed on an endangered Victorian and Edwardian list.

Estate agent Herbert R Thomas placed the Grade II-listed fire station, at Court Road, Barry, on the market earlier this year at a value of £100,000.

The sale is now in the hands of a solicitor, but not yet finalised, and a planning application was submitted to the Vale Council, this week, for conversion of the former fire station into eight flats.

The fire station, opened in 1901 and closed for more than 30 years, features on the Victorian Society’s at-risk list because of its “advanced state of decay”.

The society said part of the slate roof had gone, floors were missing and lead had been stripped from the distinctive firefighters' practice tower.

Permission had been granted to convert the ground floor into offices and the upper floors into seven flats but work had not started.

The Vale Council sold the premises at auction to private individuals in August 2006.

Concerns were raised over the safety of the building as it fell into disrepair and the authority took legal action.

The owners placed the building on the market as ill health has made it difficult to progress further with the property.

Barry residents had suggested the building be brought into community use with ideas put forward including a museum for the town.

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