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Drop-in and see designs for Lichfield Community Fire Station

13/11/2014

Computer image of Lichfield Community Fire Station
Computer image of Lichfield Community Fire Station

Design plans for the new Community Fire Station in Lichfield are set to be showcased during a drop-in session next week.

"It is an ideal opportunity to speak to the construction team about the work programme. Visitors will also be able to talk to the crew about how the station will operate, helping us to build on our success in reducing the number of fires, year on year, through increased education."

The blueprint for the facility, which is one of 11 being funded through a £45 million Private Finance Initiative, will be displayed on Monday, November 17.

Residents can call into the existing fire station on Birmingham Road 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.

PFI Programme Director Steve Knight said: "The open evenings proved popular with residents who live near to the community fire stations that have already been built as part of this major investment and I would encourage the people of Lichfield to drop in, have a look at the plans and put their suggestions forward for the community facilities.

"It is an ideal opportunity to speak to the construction team about the work programme. Visitors will also be able to talk to the crew about how the station will operate, helping us to build on our success in reducing the number of fires, year on year, through increased education."

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.

Now 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.

Lichfield’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.

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.