Plans for Burton’s new community fire station are set to be showcased during an open evening next month.
"The open evening is a great opportunity for Burton residents to have a look at the plans for their new community fire station and to talk to the construction team about the work schedule."
Andy Kinsman - Station Manager at Burton
The blueprint for the facility, which is one of 11 being funded through a £45 million Private Finance Initiative, will be displayed on September 1.
Residents can call into the current fire station on Moor Street between 6pm-8pm to talk to the construction team about the work programme.
Local people will also be able to suggest to the project team ways that the community facilities could be used. Work on the new community fire station, which will be built on the same site as the existing facility, is due to start next month.
Station Manager at Burton Andy Kinsman said: "The open evening is a great opportunity for Burton residents to have a look at the plans for their new community fire station and to talk to the construction team about the work schedule.
"The community fire stations that are already in operation across the county have proved to be a real hub for people in the local areas with various groups regularly meeting in their rooms. I would encourage individuals and organisations that have ideas of how the new facilities could be used in Burton to pop along to the open evening and put their suggestions forward. This is an exciting time for the fire and rescue service and we are keen to involve the community as much as possible."
The project is the second phase of an innovative programme to provide state-of-the-art fire stations across Staffordshire which are also community-focussed with facilities to benefit local people.
Phase one of the scheme received £45 million in funding and saw three additional stations developed and seven stations replaced between October 2009 and September 2011. Phase two will see a further 10 fire stations rebuilt on their current sites plus a brand new station at Loggerheads to replace the 45-year-old station at Ashley.
Burton’s Community Fire Station will be equipped with hi-tech operational facilities and will have space for more community safety activities. All of the new stations will incorporate dedicated rooms and amenities for the benefit of community groups and fitness equipment will be available for supervised groups to use.
Community stations opened in phase one currently provide a meeting place for more than 200 different groups, charities and public sector organisations across the county, ranging from Staffordshire Police, the NHS, Citizens Advice Bureau and housing associations to music for the Turkish community, creative writing clubs and gardening groups.