‘Milestone’ as South Yorkshire fire service submits new station plans

Artists impression of the proposed Birley fire station 'Sheffield'South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
Artists impression of the proposed Birley fire station 'Sheffield'South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
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Fire chiefs have submitted planning applications for two new fire stations which they want to build in Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue wants to build stations in Birley and off the A630 Sheffield Parkway to replace Darnall, Mansfield Road and Mosborough fire stations, which are set to close.

Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney

Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney

The stations form part of measures aimed at helping fire chiefs save millions of pounds needed because of Government funding cuts.

However, some residents are worried about the impact the buildings will have on wildlife, including the ancient Bowden Houstead Wood, where the Parkway station could be built.

One resident has contacted Sheffield Council – the planning authority which will decide on the applications – to raise concerns over fire engines having to enter the busy parkway when responding to emergencies.

Susan Bates, of Bowden Wood Crescent, Darnall, said: “I object most strongly to the proposed erection of a fire station, workshop, training facilities and car park on the recreation ground in Bowden Howstead Woods.

“This area is greenbelt, has an abundance of wildlife including birds, insects, butterflies and newts and should not be allowed any buildings whatsoever.

“The traffic on the parkway is horrendous and an exit for fire engines would be stupidity itself.

Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney said: “These two new stations are an integral part of our plans to provide the best possible emergency fire cover. The submission of our planning application is a significant milestone in this project and I hope we will be in a position to open these two stations in the near future.”

The plans will be discussed in November.