North East fire control centre was a waste of money

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FLAGSHIP plans to replace fire control rooms with regional command centres ended in “complete failure”, according to a new report.

The North-East Fire Control Centre, in Belmont, near Durham City, was designed to bring together the fire services of County Durham, Teesside, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

But instead the project was scrapped last year, but the building is costing the taxpayer £1.1million a year.

The influential public accounts committee said the national shake-up, launched by the Labour Government in 2004, was “flawed from the outset”.