New Facilities for Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service Consultation

Closed 19 Oct 2016

Opened 1 Sep 2016

Feedback Updated 22 Jan 2018

We Asked

A briefing and consultation meeting with Southam Town Council was held on 29th Sept ember 2016 to which local County, District and Ward councillors plus WCC portfolio holders were invited. The briefing was delivered by WCC Property Services using draft plans and drawings, with a WFRS Training Officer on hand to answer any non-construction related questions. A public exhibition / consultation board was sighted in Southam Library, along with consultation leaflets, for 2 weeks from 3rd October 2016 and feedback /observations from the public were invited.

You Said

The feedback from both local politicians and the public was very positive, the development being seen as an enhancement for the town, both in terms of economic development and service provision. The only concerns were raised  from Stratford District planning department who were concerned about possible smoke and fumes from the fire house. 

We Did

In response WFRS took Stratford District Council representatives to view an existing unit, very similar to the one that WFRS are procuring at another Fire & Rescue Service to put their minds at rest. They are now content that the filters fitted to the Minerva Fire House that we have specified will prevent their being any environmental impact from the development.

Overview

Consultation on New Facilities for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service at Holywell Business Park, Southam

Introduction

Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service are asking residents for their views on exciting plans for a new training facility at Holywell Business Park, Southam. The facility will incorporate a new state of the art training facility together with a new fire station to serve Southam and the surrounding area. This will replace the existing fire station site on Coventry Street.

We are holding a consultation on the proposals to inform residents and listen to their views to help us shape our scheme.

Information on the proposals and what the new facilities will look like are included on our banners and in our newsletter. 

 

Why We Are Consulting

Why are new facilities required?

Training facilities for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are currently located in Bedworth and Dunchurch, but these sites offer limited ability to provide full training services. Warwickshire’s Fire and Rescue Service provide a high level of training in fire safety, but the limited facilities mean that people have to travel outside of Warwickshire to gain access for additional essential training which is a requirement of their job. The proposed training centre will mean that our firefighters have access to a bespoke training facility right here in Warwickshire.

Where will the facilities be located?

The site is an undeveloped plot of land located within the Holywell Business Park. It is accessed from Northfield Road. The buildings surrounding the site are used for commercial purposes, with the nearest residential properties being some distance away.

Have Your Say…

As an integral part of this process, we are inviting you to take part in this consultation. We welcome your views and all viewpoints will be taken into account in finalising the proposals. 

The closing date for comments to be submitted is 19th October 2016.

What Happens Next

This consultation has now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to give us their views.

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