Fire control centre scrapped

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A FIRE control centre will not go ahead, the government has officially announced.

Plans had been made for a new centre in Titchfield, which was to cover seven counties including Hampshire.

But yesterday fire minister Bob Neill announced an end to the project.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority chairman, Cllr Royston Smith, said: 'It's being scrapped because it doesn't work. It's wasted millions of pounds.'

Hampshire's current centre will operate until 2014, when a new building will be opened.

The Titchfield site belongs to the government, and its future will be decided at Whitehall.