New fire station plans unveiled to two communities

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Plans for two new fire stations to be built in Sheffield are to go on show.

Detailed proposals for the new facilities in Birley and Handsworth – which are to be created as South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue deals with Government cuts – are to be unveiled to the public for the first time later this month.

People will have the chance to comment on the proposed sites and also to help name the stations.

The plans will mean a new fire station built close to Bowden Wood roundabout off Sheffield Parkway.

The second fire station will be in Birley Moor at the junction of Moor Valley and Birley Lane.

Both fire stations are expected to be operational in 2015 and form part of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s wider plans to deal with Government funding cuts.

Chief fire officer Jamie Courtney, said: “As a fire service, we are here to serve the local community.

“That’s why we really want people in both these areas to have their say on two new facilities which will play a major role in the life of these communities for many years to come.

“For the first time, people will be able to see drawings of the stations and be able to comment on our detailed proposals.”

The consultation events will take place on Thursday, July 25.

The Birley event is at the Crystal Peaks Retail Park, next to Carphone Warehouse, from 2.30 to 5.30pm .

The second is at Asda in Handsworth for the Parkway station proposals.

Information and a feedback form will also be available online for those who cannot attend the consultations.

Visit www.syfire.gov.uk from Friday, July 26 to Monday, July 29 for the details.