The Merseyside Fire Service is proposing to close West Kirby and Upton Fire Stations and build a new fire station where the library and children’s centre are on Frankby Road, Greasby. Initially the only alternative that they have offered was the outright closure of West Kirby Fire Station and the redevelopment of Upton Fire Station. Since the start of the consultation process a third alternative has emerged—putting the new fire station down Pump Lane.
Focus editor Peter Reisdorf commented “These proposals are bad for West Wirral. The main objections I have to the Greasby proposal are about loss of green space in the village and the impact a building the size of a fire station will have on the centre of the village. The practice tower will look especially out of place. The Chief Fire Officer has said that a site down Pump Lane would actually be better, but that he doesn’t believe he would be able to build there as it is in the Green Belt.
“I fully understand the cynicism that some people have expressed about the whole process, especially the planning phase, after the Sainsbury’s was built on the Red Cat pub car park next to the library. Despite massive opposition it went through as a result of the appeals process.”
The Merseyside Fire Service have held consultation meetings in Greasby as well as Woodchurch and Hoylake. If you haven’t been able to attend the consultation meetings you can still take part in the process.
You can respond to the plans online here or write to Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Bridle Road, Bootle, Merseyside, L30 4YD for a survey form.
15 Madeley Close,
West Kirby, CH48 3LD
0151 625 9274
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