Residents and the local business community are being invited to shape the future of Ashley Fire Station.
"We are still in the early stages of planning this new station, but our vision for all of these new fire stations is to make them community embracing."
Area Commander for Newcastle, Becci Bryant
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is planning to rebuild the station on Church Road. A consultation and recruitment event is being held at the fire station on Wednesday 9th June, where attendees can contribute to discussions and also find out more about becoming a retained firefighter in the village.
Ashley is one of ten fire stations that has been selected to be rebuilt under a £50 million public finance initiative (PFI) scheme. A separate, earlier PFI project is currently underway with ten fire stations being rebuilt. Both Newcastle and Kidsgrove Fire Stations are included in this first scheme, with construction commencing on these stations later in the year.
Area Commander for Newcastle, Becci Bryant said: "This is fantastic news for Ashley and the surrounding villages. We are still in the early stages of planning this new station, but our vision for all of these new fire stations is to make them community embracing. Once Ashley is rebuilt it will mean that all stations in the Newcastle Borough are state of the art community fire stations.
"The consultation event will give the public and members of local organisations the chance to influence the shape of the new station with regards to its design and how it is used.
"We are also using the event as a recruitment session where people who live within five minutes of the station can find out more about becoming a retained firefighter. In particular we are looking to recruit people who are available to provide emergency cover from their home or place of work during the day."
Partners and businesses are invited to attend a session from 2pm to 4pm and local residents are invited to attend a session running from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
Ashley firefighters, the Area Command team and the PFI project team will be at the events and will be available to answer questions.
Interested parties who are unable to attend the event but would like more information regarding the development at Ashley Fire Station should ring 01785 898671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ten fire stations due to be rebuilt are: Stone, Burton-on-Trent, Chase Terrace, Codsall, Kinver, Lichfield, Leek, Penkridge, Ashley and Rugeley. Outline planning applications has been granted for all ten sites. At this stage companies are being invited to find out more about the project and later this year they will have the opportunity to put bids in to manage the project. A preferred bidder is expected to be selected in Summer 2011, with construction starting on the first new fire stations in 2012.