The rebuild of a further ten fire stations in Staffordshire has been given the green light.
“This is fantastic news for our organisation and the communities we serve."
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has received approval for a second private finance initiative (PFI) project. The proposed project was first announced in November 2009 and Treasury approval means the £50 million project can now go ahead.
The further fire stations to be rebuilt are: Burton-upon-Trent, Kinver, Lichfield, Leek, Stone, Chase Terrace, Rugeley, Codsall, Penkridge and Ashley. Outline planning approval has been received on all stations and the Service is in the process of holding consultation events at all earmarked stations (See Notes to Editor 1).
The news comes as the Service is mid-way through construction of its first PFI project which also involves the build of ten community fire stations (See Notes to Editor 2).
Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford said: " To secure funding for a second multi-million pound rebuilding project is just unprecedented. Our vision to have community fire stations is becoming reality - once they are built almost two thirds of our fire stations will be modern, state of the art community facilities.”
Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer said: “The Fire and Rescue Authority fully endorses this second investment programme which will make a huge difference to developing the Service’s capacity to deliver improved safety and contribute to the well being of our communities into the 21st Century and beyond.
“Residents, businesses and partner organisations have embraced the opportunity to feed into the consultation events we’ve held to date. For those areas where consultation events are yet to take place we’d encourage people to attend so they can find out more information and contribute to the discussions. “
Companies and consortia interested in the design, build and maintenance of the ten community fire stations within the scheme are now being invited to submit responses for the first stage of the procurement process. A preferred bidder is then expected to be selected in Autumn 2011, with construction starting on the new fire stations in 2012.