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Proposed changes to fire cover in the Spelthorne area - public consultation

Update on Spelthorne consultation

Consultation on proposed changes to fire cover in Spelthorne has now closed. We received a high volume of responses which are currently being analysed and will form part of a consultation report.

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet has already confirmed that Staines fire station will stay open until the new Fordbridge fire station is operational. Therefore Members will be reviewing feedback on the second proposal only - to go ahead with Fordbridge without an on-call crew.

The consultation report with final recommendations will be sent to Surrey County Council’s Resident Experience Board for scrutiny and then submitted to the council’s Cabinet for a decision. In light of the high number of responses requiring analysis, we expect these meetings to take place in June.

What we are proposing

Increasing demand for essential services such as adult social care and school places, coupled with reduced Government funding, means Surrey County Council is under pressure to find efficiencies and savings on all the services it provides for the county’s residents, including fire and rescue.

As part of this, the fire and rescue cover in Spelthorne was reviewed and following a consultation in 2013 it was decided to close Sunbury and Staines fire stations and replace them with one new fire station at an optimum location to serve the whole area. This would save approximately £900k per year.

The development of the new fire station “Fordbridge” has been delayed while we secure the best possible vehicle access to the site. However, the need to make savings has not changed.

We have reviewed the plans for the new station at Fordbridge, including the proposal to have an on-call crew to work alongside the 24/7 full time crew. The council faces huge financial pressures and needs to find tens of millions of pounds extra each year to meet rising demand for services such as adult social care. In light of these pressures we’re facing, we have little choice but to propose to go ahead with Fordbridge without an on-call crew. An on-call unit would cost on average £185,000 per year and the impact on response times would be small. Arranging appropriate access to the site for an on-call crew would also be expensive and cause significant further delay to the project.

Have your say

We would like to hear your views on this proposal. To take part in this consultation please complete our online survey by 20 February 2017.

Alternatively paper copies are available in libraries, fire stations and council offices in the Spelthorne, Elmbridge and Runnymede areas. You can also contact us to request a survey.

Other consultations

Public Safety Plan consultation 2016-2025 - consultation on Surrey Fire and Rescue Service's draft Public Safety Plan for 2016–2025 has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part.

We have reviewed all responses to the consultation and updated our draft plan. Surrey County Council's Cabinet will decide whether to approve our revised plan for implementation at their meeting in December 2016. We will publish our final plan and consultation report at this time.

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