Trail-blazing plans for fire station and super depot

Plans are under way to build a new fire station, with community facilities, in Alnwick.

Replacing the outdated building on South Road, it will form part of a unique super-depot site at Lionheart Industrial Estate, alongside Northumberland County Council’s household waste recovery centre.

The facility will be shared between the fire service and the council’s local services group, which provides waste, highway maintenance and neighbourhood services in the north area.

Alnwick town and county councillor Gordon Castle said: “After a previous plan in 2009 failed, this one is more robust and much more acceptable.

“The best thing about it is that it keeps a fire station in Alnwick for the next 25 years.

“It is away from residential areas, next to other council facilities and I think it will be good for the town.”

Benefits of the proposals include modern and fit-for-purpose facilities, co-location to allow more joined-up working and improved efficiency.

Alnwick Coun Heather Cairns added: “It will be very welcome and it sounds like an excellent plan.”

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service launched a consultation on the scheme yesterday.

An open meeting will be held at Alnwick Fire Station on Wednesday, November 6, from 3pm to 7pm, with presentations at 3.30pm and 6pm.

Chief fire officer, Alex Bennett, said: “This is an opportunity to improve the fire service for our communities while improving the joined-up nature of services that the council provides and improving service delivery.”

Full details of the proposals for Alnwick can be seen online at www.northumberland.gov.uk