Have your say on fire station closures

Have your say

A FINAL public meeting is to be held next week over plans to close some South Yorkshire fire stations.

Fire chiefs have held seven meetings across the county as part of a public consultation exercise to gauge opinion on a series of proposals drawn up to save cash over the next few years.

Bosses need to save about £10 million over the next three years because of Government funding cuts.

They have suggested closing the Darnall and Mansfield Road fire stations in Sheffield and replacing them with a new one close to Sheffield Parkway.

Under the proposals, the part-time fire station at Mosborough would also close and be replaced with a new full-time station at Birley to serve south-east Sheffield.

Bosses also want to close Royston fire station and get rid of the part-time firefighters who work there and at Edlington, Doncaster.

Three ‘roving’ fire engines would also be withdrawn from service and crewing systems at up to six stations would change.

The final meeting for members of the public to have their say is to be held at The Church of Christ, Station Road, Darnall, on Thursday, January 12, at 7pm.

A South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue spokesman said: “After the 14-week consultation ends on Monday, February 6, all responses will be collated and the fire authority is expected to make final decisions at its meeting on Monday, March 26.

“The consultation is on proposals to address a Government funding cut which is expected to reach £10 million by 2015.

“Members and officers stress they do not want to make changes, but have no alternative due to the extent of the cuts.

“Feedback through the consultation period is welcome and any alternative proposals will need to make at least the same savings due to the likely budget cut.

“The proposals currently out to consultation, together with other internal staffing changes, will save about £4 million per year. “