Public asked for views on fire station closures

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SOUTH Yorkshire residents have 14 weeks to lodge their views on plans to close three fire stations in Sheffield and one in Barnsley.

Fire chiefs want to close two of Sheffield’s busiest stations – Mansfield Road and Darnall – and replace them with a new station near The Parkway.

They also want to close retained stations in Mosborough in Sheffield and Royston in Barnsley, but a full-time station would be built at Birley to replace Mosborough.

Bosses claim the closures are needed to help save £10 million a year over the next four years, forced by Government funding cuts.

Edlington fire station in Doncaster would also lose its part-time crew under the proposals, but keep its full-time firefighters. Another proposal is to change working times for firefighters.

The proposals would result in the loss of 108 full-time firefighters and 32 retained officers.

Chief Fire Officer Jamie Courtney claims that the proposals will have minimal impact on emergency response times.

“We have the unenviable task of saving around £10 million from our £60 million budget. Even with these proposals we are still short of that £10 million mark.

“We have recommended the changes which we think will have the minimum impact on the public.

“We are happy to listen to any alternative ways of saving this money.”

Members of the public have until Monday, February 6, to lodge their views.

To request a copy of business case documents prepared by fire chiefs call 0114 2727202.

Views can be sent via email to serviceplan@syfire.gov.uk or by post to South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, 197 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 3FG.

They can also be lodged via Twitter and Facebook.

Public meetings will be held and a decision taken on Monday, March 26.