RESIDENTS had the chance to find out more about plans for a new £800,000 fire station during a consultation event.
This summer Cleveland Fire Brigade had asked people on the Headland to vote for their preferred choice out of three options for the new Headland community fire station, expected to be completed in June next year.
After residents and staff working on the station put their thoughts forward, people had the opportunity to find out more about the chosen option at a drop-in event.
The new station will remain a retained operational fire station, housing one fire engine, but will also be home to new community facilities for residents to use.
Work on the new station, which will be rebuilt on its existing site, is expected to start later this year.
The consultation event was held in the Croft Room, in the Borough Hall, on the Headland over two sessions on one day.
Visitors had the chance to view the plans in more detail, speak to brigade staff about the station and have their say as part of the formal council planning application process.
Councillor Robbie Payne, chairman of Cleveland Fire Authority and Labour councillor on the Headland and Harbour ward, said the new building will be a “fantastic development” for the area and a long term commitment to the delivery of “high class community safety and emergency response services” to the people of the Headland.
He added: “The people that attended the consultation were very positive about the plans for the new station.
“This will be a retained operational fire station but it will also be available for community use and will be a real community asset.”
The next stage is to apply for planning permission and to demolish the existing building. There will be temporary cover on the existing site while the new building is erected and fire chiefs have moved to reassure residents that all services will be maintained to an excellent level.
Ian Hayton, Cleveland Fire Brigade’s chief fire officer, has previously said: “This new station will allow the brigade to provide first class facilities and services to support local needs.”
For those unable to attend the consultation event they can visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/myvoice where the plans are now available to view from and make any comments or ask any questions.