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Spotted in The Cornishman Thursday 26th April 2012

Fire station may be ready in 2013

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Cornishman

HAYLE could have its own fire station as early as autumn next year, a fire boss has revealed.

Deputy chief fire officer for Cornwall, Paul Walker, says that if everything goes according to plan, the new station, which has been the subject of years of campaigning by local residents, could be open by October 2013.

Mr Walker said: "The final business case will go through overview and scrutiny on May 4 and through Cabinet in June. If that goes through that will release the funding and then we will be in consultation with local people and planners to sort out the design elements.

"We are still hopeful that by around October 2013... the two community stations will be up and running and the headquarters by January or February of the following year."

Mr Walker's comments come after a public consultation into the proposals, which include building a new retained fire station on Commercial Road and a "super-station" on the A30 at Tolvaddon.

The Government has given £1.8 million for a new control room at Tolvaddon, which will become the main station for the Camborne and Redruth area.

This would replace both towns' existing fire stations and house the county's fire control, training centre and engineering workshops and provide a base for CCTV monitoring.

Hayle Community Fire Station will be crewed by "on call" staff on a 24/7 basis and potentially shared to form a tri-service facility, with South Western Ambulance Trust, and the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

Mr Walker said the new station would improve fire cover in Hayle.

He said: "Currently we can't reach anyone in Hayle within 10 minutes but with the new station we can reach 6,500 people, which is 88 per cent of the population of residents."

The public consultation into the plans ended on April 9.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service held 31 consultation events and had 815 responses to its online survey.

Mr Walker said there had been some opposition to the proposals in Redruth but overall more than 80 per cent of respondents had agreed with the service's four strategic aims, which were based around response times and location for the fire stations.

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