There was widespread interest when plans for a new fire station in Sleaford were unveiled to the public on Saturday.
Town residents were invited to view proposals for the £6 million project at the Eastgate Centre, off East Road, where the fire station is to be built.
Sean Taylor, group manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “There was a good turnout from local people, who were keen to see what the new station might look like. They had some practical ideas about how it could be in-keeping with the surrounding area, including planting trees and using lighter colours for the building, which we will be considering.”
As reported in the Standard last week, the new fire station will replace the existing one on Church Lane, which Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue say is ‘no longer fit for purpose’.
Once final approval of the plans has been given by Lincolnshire County Council’s planning and regulations committee, work on the East Road site could begin in August, with the new fire station fully operational next year.
Also included in the plans will be office accommodation for county council staff, who will be relocated from the Riverside offices, which are also in need of replacing. The sites of both the existing fire station and the Riverside offices will be sold by Lincolnshire County Council to help fund the new development.
In addition to its contingent of retained firefighters, Sleaford also has full time firefighters, with Mr Taylor saying: “We increased our provision in Sleaford by deploying crews of whole-time firefighters. This is helping us to protect residents in the town and people in nearby villages.”
The new fire station is expected to save the county council £240,000 a year in operating costs.
Pictured inset are (from left), crew manager Colin Calam, firefighter Marc Gardener and group manager Sean Taylor look at the plans for the new fire station