Residents and the local business community are being invited to shape the future of Leek Fire Station.
"This is fantastic news for Leek and the whole of the Moorlands."
Area Commander for Staffordshire Moorlands, Tim Hyde
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is planning to rebuild the station on Springfield Road. A consultation event is being held at the fire station on Thursday 22nd April, where attendees can find out more information and contribute to discussions.
Leek 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 including North Staffordshire stations, Hanley, Newcastle, Kidsgrove and Burslem.
Area Commander for Staffordshire Moorlands, Tim Hyde said: "This is fantastic news for Leek and the whole of the Moorlands. 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.
"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 want to consider all views on specification, aesthetics and what additional facilities should be included."
Partners and businesses are invited to attend a session from 4pm – 6pm and local residents are being to attend a session running from 6pm – 8pm.
Leek 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 Leek 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.