Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is holding two public meetings to give local residents the opportunity to view and discuss re-building plans for the Community Fire Station currently located at Ashley.
"I am delighted that the people of Ashley and Loggerheads are going to have a chance to feel these benefits through the re-building of their fire station."
Group Manager, Rebecca Bryant
The meetings will be held at Ashley Fire Station on Tuesday 26 July. The first will start at 3pm and the second at 6pm. There will be an opportunity for the local community to look at some of the plans for the new station and to discuss with fire service staff what opportunities the new facility will bring to the area.
One of the options currently being considered is to re-locate the current station to a new site in Loggerheads which will enable emergency crews to reach a larger area more effectively.
The current Ashley Fire station is one of 11 stations earmarked for re-building through a £50 million PFI (Private Finance Initiative) funded project being put forward by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. A similar project is already well underway in the county resulting three new stations being built at Stafford, Sandyford and Tamworth and seven more being re-built.
Group Manager, Rebecca Bryant, said; "We know from our current re-building programme that not only are our new stations helping to improve our ability to respond to emergencies, they are having a positive impact on their local communities through the community facilities that are being built-in to each new station. I am delighted that the people of Ashley and Loggerheads are going to have a chance to feel these benefits through the re-building of their fire station."
"We want to use the meetings to explain to local people the reasons why we are considering re-locating the station and what advantages we see this providing. We also want to build up a picture of what needs or opportunities local people see for the community facilities at the new station. It will also enable us to explain to local people the processes we are going through to get the new station, how it is being paid for and how it will improve the services we offer to the local community."