December 6 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
An old fire station which cost just £32 to build has been transformed at a cost of more than £36,000 into Mundesley Parish Council’s first office.
Former Mundesley firefighter Willie Cox did the honours by cutting the ribbon of the Back Street building in front of other invited guests, including his wife, Hilary, who is chairman of Norfolk County Council.
Parish council clerk Barbara Baggaley said until now parish business and filing had been carried out from the clerk’s home but it was ever-increasing and there was also a need to store large amounts of paperwork.
The building now contained one large room, kitchen facilities and a toilet. As well as providing an office for the clerk, Mundesley’s 13 parish councillors would be able to use it as a meeting point and to collect their mail, she added.
The parish council had been storing garden equipment in the building, which closed as a fire station in 1965 when a replacement, still in use today, was built on Trunch Road.
It had originally been built in 1907 at a cost of £32, according to Mrs Baggaley.
Parish council meetings will continue to be held in the village’s Coronation Hall but the new office will be open each Thursday, from today, 2.30-4.30pm, for villagers to visit with queries.