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NEIGHBOURS of Wigan Community Fire Station were invited to see draft plans and illustrations for an exciting joint project which will see a new fire and ambulance station built on the existing site.
On the evening of Thursday, February 25, 200 people who live close to the Robin Park Road station were invited along to the existing station to ask questions about the project to representatives from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and appointed contractor Willmott Dixon.
Attendees also had a look at proposed plans of the station and likely facilities – which include a community room and gym.
Residents who came along to the event were really happy with the plans in place, with one saying: “We are really pleased that you are remaining at the same site. The planning and design look fabulous and I think the idea of a community station is much needed.”
In the coming weeks the proposed plans will be submitted for planning which will see Wigan Council carry out official consultation.
Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “Following our announcement of the joint project with NWAS, which will see a new community station built in Wigan and replace the existing building in Robin Park Road, we will soon be in a position to move to the official planning stage with Wigan Council.
“GMFRS and NWAS managers have worked closely with staff to allow draft plans of the new station to be produced and neighbours of the station have been invited to see the plans and ask questions.
“It is envisaged that building will start in summer 2016 and the new fire and ambulance station will be an important part of the local community.”
Operational Manager Matt Calderbank from NWAS said: “We are moving from having one site to having various despatch points. Working with Wigan Clinical Commissioning Group and health care providers, we will have fixed points where ambulances can be stationed with rest facilities so we have greater flexibility and can be nearer to where the emergencies are, rather than at one central point in the borough, which may be too far away.”
If the proposals are agreed during the planning process then work at the new station is expected to start in the summer.