Windsor is to keep its 24 hour fire station - to the relief of campaigners who fought for years to keep 'round the clock' cover in the town.

The Royal Berkshire Fire Authority's decision to sell off the fire station in St Mark's Road was fiercely opposed by residents and organisations in the town - as well as by Royal Borough councillors over a period lasting almost a decade.

In the end a compromise was reached. The old fire station was sold but the borough made a site at its depot in Tinkers Lane available at a peppercorn rent and the fire authority agreed to keep it manned by visiting fire crews.

But its future seemed threatened again when the fire authority considered dropping night cover as part of a number of suggestions for ways of saving £2.4million.

At their meeting on Tuesday this week though members of the Fire Authority agreed to leave the fire station open - although it will be manned mainly by the team from Maidenhead in future rather than Slough as at present.

Savings are being made elsewhere across the county.

Windsor councillor Phill Bicknell, who represents the Royal Borough on the fire authority, said after the meeting: "We won the day. They listened to the results of the consultation county wide consultation, 13 per cent of the replies came from Windsor."