Finally: Hayle to get its own fire station
HAYLE'S first fire station could be built within a year after it was granted planning permission.
Cornwall Council approved the plans for the new community fire station this week with the area planning committee voting with 13 in favour and one abstention.
It brings to an end years of campaigning in Hayle for the town to have its own dedicated fire station – until now fire cover has been provided from Camborne.
The £1 million station, which will see the ambulance service and the police working from shared facilities, will be built on Commercial Road.
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Work on the new station is expected to start by the end of this year and it could be open by autumn 2014.
Under the new arrangement, 6,500 people in Hayle will now be able to be reached within the critical response time. The facility will be crewed by on-call staff and will include a community lecture and recreation room, as well as a road traffic collision training space and areas for the South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.
News that the fire station has been given approval has been welcomed by many who have campaigned for Hayle to have its own fire station for the past two decades.
Councillor for Hayle South, John Coombe, said: "Hayle is the largest town in Cornwall without a fire station and we have waited too long. We have been campaigning for a fire station for over 20 years. The whole of Hayle will now have fire cover; this is a fantastic bit of news."
Plans for a new "superstation" on the A30 at Tolvaddon, which will cover Camborne, Pool and Redruth community fire station and service headquarters were also approved this week.
This will replace both towns' existing fire stations and house the county's fire control, training centre and engineering workshops and provide a base for CCTV monitoring.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service chief fire officer, Des Tidbury, said: "This is great news for the service as it gives us the opportunity to provide modern facilities in the right location to replace existing community fire stations that are over 50 years old. But, more importantly, we will be able to significantly improve the fire, rescue and community safety service that we deliver 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year to the people of Cornwall."