Saughall Massie Planning Application
A planning application has been submitted to Wirral Borough Council for the construction of a Community Fire Station on Saughall Massie Road, Saughall Massie.
After cuts to Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority’s budget in 2015/16 the Authority was forced to make savings of £6.5 million.
The only way to do this and minimise the impact on response times was to close pairs of adjacent stations in Knowsley, St Helens and Wirral and build new stations midway between the old stations.
The proposal on the Wirral is to close Upton and West Kirby Fire Stations, and build a new Fire Station as close to mid-way between the stations as can be achieved. This was supported through an extensive public consultation.
Why Saughall Massie?
Saughall Massie Road was one of many sites considered. However, it was the only site that was suitable, available, and would enable the Authority to provide effective cover across West Wirral, maintaining the 10 minute response time in line with the rest of Merseyside.
What do the plans look like?
The proposed Community Fire Station has been designed to be sympathetic to the local environment.
The original design has been significantly altered as a result of feedback from a public consultation and discussions with Council planning officers.
The building would be a low level, timbered structure which would be surrounded by significant areas of planting and landscaping to make it as unobtrusive as possible.
The building of this fire station would ensure that an effective emergency response can be maintained across West Kirby, Hoylake and Meols as well as in the existing Upton station area.
Chief Fire Officer, Dan Stephens has recently sent a letter to David Ball, Head of Regeneration and Planning at Wirral Borough Council, detailing the case for the proposed station at Saughall Massie.
If you would like to view the planning application you can do so at Wirral Borough Council’s Planning Portal
For more information contact Colin Schofield, Regional Project Director, on 0151 296 4203 or ColinSchofield@merseyfire.gov.uk