Plans for new Sleaford fire station unveiled

An impression of how the new fire station in Sleaford will look. EMN-150129-111726001
An impression of how the new fire station in Sleaford will look. EMN-150129-111726001

The public will be able to take a look at plans for a new £6m fire station for Sleaford.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is inviting residents in Sleaford to the Eastgate Centre on East Road to see what the new development will look like on Saturday February 7, between 10am and 2pm.

The new station will be located on the site of the centre and will be home to Sleaford’s whole-time firefighters, who are part of the country’s International Search and Rescue Team, and the town’s on-call firefighters.

The open day will also be an ideal opportunity to meet the fire crews.

The new fire station will cost in the region of £6m and will replace the existing one on Church Lane, which has reached the end of its lifespan and is no longer fit for purpose, according to the fire service. It will also replace the temporary full time fire station based further along East Road.

The site will include office space for council staff from the Riverside offices sited next to North Kesteven District Council, as this building would also require significant investment in the near future. Both sites will be sold by Lincolnshire County Council to help fund the Eastgate development, which will itself save £240,000 a year in operating costs.

The plans have already been approved by county councillors and will go before the Planning and Regulations Committee over the coming months. If given the final green-light, work could start in August and it would be fully operational in 2016.

Sean Taylor, resources manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, says: “Despite pressures on local authority budgets in recent years, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has made considerable improvements to its service across the county. Since 2010, we have increased our number of fire engines crewed by whole-time firefighters on a 24 hour basis from two to nine.

“We are delighted to have now increased our provision in Sleaford by deploying crews of whole-time firefighters. This is helping us to protect residents in the town and people living in nearby villages, along with providing vital resilience within the county.

“Sleaford has always had excellent retained firefighters, who are now working alongside their full-time colleagues. I would like to thank them for their ongoing dedication and they will continue to provide essential support to the local community.

“To improve provision even further we need to replace the fire station on Church Lane as the building is no longer fit for purpose. As the council offices are also in need of replacing, it is cost effective for the county council to combine these schemes.”

If residents have any questions about the plans they can email corporatepropertyteam@lincolnshire.gov.uk or call 01522 553807.