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Planning Permission Granted for Community Fire Stations

14/11/2012

Planning permissions have been granted for new community fire stations in Longton and Loggerheads.

“The firefighters have been actively involved in the design of the new stations and are looking forward to having new community and training facilities.”

Group Manager, Stuart Claughton

The station at Longton will be rebuilt on its current site whilst the station at Loggerheads will be relocated from its current site in Ashley.

Both new stations will include community rooms and gyms, for use by firefighters and supervised community groups, and dedicated indoor and outdoor training areas for the firefighters.

The stations are part of a £50m private finance initiative (PFI) funded project which will see the rebuild of 11 fire stations across the county. Contractor Blue3 will be responsible for the design, construction and ongoing maintenance of the buildings. Construction on the project will start in spring 2013 with all stations expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Building schedules for each station will be confirmed in spring 2013.

Group Manager, Stuart Claughton said: “The existing stations are looking very tired now and are proving costly to maintain. They were built when we were purely a reactive service just dealing with incidents and so they weren’t designed for the pro-active service we are today, dealing with the community.

“The firefighters have been actively involved in the design of the new stations and are looking forward to having new community and training facilities.”

PFI Project Manager, Norma Putman said: “We are delighted that planning permission has been granted for the new stations and we look forward to giving the residents of Longton, Loggerheads and the surrounding areas community fire stations they can be proud of.”

“Our first PFI project, which saw the build of three new stations and the rebuild of a further seven, is now complete. The project has been a huge success and the community facilities attracted over 2000 bookings last year alone, we hope this project will be equally as successful.”