Members of the public can have their say on plans for two new community fire stations when they go on display for the first time later this month.
Cleveland Fire Authority is proposing to replace Grangetown and Thornaby fire stations, built in 1974, on their current sites with state-of-the-art modern buildings which could be ready by August 2017.
The new stations have identical single storey designs and will include a community room for use by local organisations, groups and charities. The new station at Thornaby will also have dedicated office space for Cleveland Police’s Neighbourhood Policing Team.
The plans will go on display at the following consultation events:
- Monday, 11 April (4pm to 7.30pm): Thornaby Fire Station, Master Road, Thornaby
- Thursday, 14 April (4pm to 7.30pm): Grangetown Fire Station, Church Lane, Grangetown
Cleveland Fire Brigade staff will be on-hand at both events to answer questions and note any comments.
Funding for the £5m project follows Cleveland Fire Authority’s successful £2.1m bid from the Government’s Transformation Fund. If plans are approved, construction is scheduled to start in August this year.
Grangetown will support two fire appliances as well as a small fires unit. On the site there will also be a wetland area for wildlife studies for local schools which will replace the current Grow and Learn project for schools in the station’s garden.
Thornaby will be the base for two fire appliances and Cleveland Fire Brigade’s water rescue boat.
The Brigade will continue to operate as normal from the two sites during the construction phase and emergency response times and services to the public will not be affected.
Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “These two new community fire stations are a shining illustration of the way forward as we continue to work even closer with local communities and provide first class and flexible facilities to support local needs.
“Both stations are in urgent need of replacement and these plans will ensure that the residents and businesses of Grangetown and Thornaby have buildings in-line with the modern needs of the 21st century.”
More information and copies of the plans can be found here