First glimpse of Hayle's new £1m 'discreet' fire station
CORNWALL Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) has unveiled its £1 million plans for Hayle's new fire station which will be shared with the ambulance service and the police.
Locals and visitors got a chance to view the plans and talk to representatives from the service at Hayle Day Care Centre last Thursday.
The proposal is to relocate the existing Camborne and Redruth community fire stations to two new sites in Tolvaddon and Hayle.
Project manager Keith Beaumont and programme co-ordinator Nicola Willcocks were on hand to answer questions about the new facility, which will be built in the Commercial Road car park, near to the day care centre.
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Mr Beaumont said CFRS was going to formally submit the plans this week but wanted to give members of the public a chance to have their say first.
He said: "It has been very positive. I think people quite like the design, the look of the building and also that it is not going to have a massive impact on the area. It is quite discreet."
The new 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.
Ms Willcocks said: "This is a community fire station and there is a reason we call all of our facilities community fire stations, we really do want them to be part of the community they are serving."
Mr Beaumont said that if the planning process went smoothly, it was hoped that the facility would be open by Summer 2014.
He added that the main concerns consultees had voiced were about how busy Commercial Road is and the effect the traffic would have on fire engines being able to get out.
Cornwall councillor for Hayle North, John Pollard, said: "I would like to thank the fire service for spending time explaining their proposals with residents.
"I know that they answered the concerns that some people had and hope that they will take on board some of the changes to the car park layout that were discussed.
"After years of campaigning a Hayle fire station is now a reality with the possibility of work beginning as soon as this summer."
For more information, go to www.cornwall.gov.uk/cprh, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 0300 1234232 or write to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, Old County Hall, Truro, TR1 3HA.