Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service - Early engagement: Nuneaton and North Warwickshire fire station locations

Closed 16 Jun 2019

Opened 6 May 2019

Feedback Updated 3 Oct 2019

We Asked

An engagement exercise on the 2019/20  IRMP Draft Action Plan action 2.2 to explore the options for new fire station locations within the Nuneaton and North Warwickshire area.

The area profile across the north of Warwickshire is continually evolving with new housing, commercial and industrial developments and the resulting increase in both fire and road risk.

As the demographics and risk profile are ever changing we need to ensure where possible that we adapt to these changes to ensure we continue to make the best use of our resources to respond to emergencies and deliver fire prevention activities.

You Said

There were 93  responses to the engagement exercise.

The majority of respondents (55%) agreed with the reasons for exploring the options for fire station locations in Nuneaton and North Warwickshire. Though it should be noted that over a third of respondents  either didn’t answer (33%) or had no opinion (1%).

Respondents considered that the three most important things that WFRS should consider when exploring the options for fire station locations are

  • Response times
  • Access to a good road network
  • Being responded to by a Warwickshire crew

Nearly all the  respondents (94%) felt it was important that the fire service meet its emergency response standard to get a fire engine to a life risk incident anywhere in the County within 10 minutes on 75% of occasions.

We Did

The feedback  from the North Warwickshire and Nuneaton engagement was analysed and a report was considered by Cabinet on 12.09.2019.

The outcome of the meeting was that the 2019/20 IRMP draft action plan, which contained the proposal to explore the options for new fire station locations within the Nuneaton and North Warwickshire area  was approved and will now be progressed.

Results Updated 3 Oct 2019

The feedback  from the Nuneaton and North Warwickshire  engagement exercise  was analysed and a report was considered by Cabinet on 12.09.2019.

The outcome of the meeting was that the 2019/20 IRMP draft action plan, which contained the proposal to explore  the options for new fire station locations within the Nuneaton and North Warwickshire area was  approved  and will now be progressed.

The paper considered by Cabinet is available using this link. Minutes of the meeting are also available here.

Overview

Exploring the options for new fire station locations within the Nuneaton and North Warwickshire area.

The area profile across the north of Warwickshire is continually evolving with new housing, commercial and industrial developments and the resulting increase in both fire and road risk.

Most of our fire stations were built some years ago, and as a result some may no longer be in an ideal location. As the demographics and risk profile in Warwickshire are ever changing, we need to ensure where possible that we adapt to these changes.

It is important to be mindful of the risk profile of the area when considering the type, and locations of fire stations to ensure we continue to make best use of our resources to respond to emergencies and deliver fire prevention activities.

The Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Plan identifies a need for ten thousand new homes spread across the borough between now and 2031, and significant housing development is currently taking place to the north and south of Nuneaton, in addition to Bedworth and Bulkington. Similar developments are also planned to take place across the wider North Warwickshire area

Our response standard is to get a fire engine to a life risk incident anywhere in the County within 10 mins on 75% of occasions. An increase in the number of houses, in areas where we know we will struggle to reach within 10 minutes from our existing fire station locations, is likely to see a decline in our performance against this response standard.

Optimum locations in the future will need to provide:

  • Response to as many houses, commercial and industrial premises as possible within 10 minutes, covering current and new developments.
  • Quicker access to the road network, in particular motorways, to  respond to road traffic collisions ( RTCs )
  • Effective delivery of prevention and protection activities

We will also consider opportunities for collaborating with neighbouring Fire and Rescue Services, other blue light organisations and local authorities when considering the potential for new fire station locations.

We are aware that any changes to our fire station locations will have an impact on communities and the development of new fire stations would happen over a period of time. We think it is important and valuable to seek the views of the communities during these early planning stages.

Your views and ideas, alongside extensive evidence based analysis will inform our approach to proposing any changes. We anticipate that we will have completed our review and be in a position to make proposals by Spring 2020. We will of course, undertake full public consultation once we reach this stage, and before committing to the implementation of any proposals.  

How to feed back

Your views are important to us and we invite you to complete the online survey below. If you would like a paper version of this survey please contact us using the telephone or email address above. 

Alternative formats and languages can also be made available on request.

You are welcome to feedback in other ways:

- By Email: wfrsirmp@warwickshire.gov.uk

- In writing to: Service Improvement Team                                                                                                                     Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service                                                                                           Service Headquarters, Warwick St, Leamington Spa, CV32 5LH

If you also wish to take part in our Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) - Draft Action Plan 2019/20  feedback survey, please click on the link below the supporting documents.

What will happen next

All feedback will be considered as we continue to explore options. Full public consultation will be undertaken before committing to the implementation of any proposals.  

What Happens Next

This engagement survey has now closed. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to share their views with us. 

All feedback will be considered as we continue to explore options. Full public consultation will be undertaken before committing to the implementation of any proposals.  

Areas

  • Any area
  • District: North Warwickshire Borough
  • District: Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough
  • District: Rugby Borough
  • Ward: Arley and Whitacre Ward
  • Ward: Atherstone North Ward
  • Ward: Atherstone South and Mancetter Ward
  • Ward: Baddesley and Grendon Ward
  • Ward: Coleshill North Ward
  • Ward: Coleshill South Ward
  • Ward: Curdworth Ward
  • Ward: Dordon Ward
  • Ward: Fillongley Ward
  • Ward: Hartshill Ward
  • Ward: Hurley and Wood End Ward
  • Ward: Kingsbury Ward
  • Ward: Newton Regis and Warton Ward
  • Ward: Polesworth East Ward
  • Ward: Polesworth West Ward
  • Ward: Water Orton Ward

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background
  • All ages
  • Local residents
  • All Warwickshire residents
  • Community Groups
  • Businesses
  • Professionals and professional bodies
  • Housing associations
  • Elected members

Interests

  • Policies, plans and strategies
  • Fire and rescue