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MPs alarm as station is axed

CAROLINE Spelman fears that the closure of Bickenhill Fire Station will make it harder to tackle blazes in rural Solihull.

CAROLINE Spelman fears that the closure of Bickenhill Fire Station will make it harder to tackle blazes in rural Solihull.

Twenty-four hour cover will no longer be available at the Bickenhill site - with the majority of equipment being moved to a brand-new site in Chelmsley Wood. Specialist rescue engines will remain at Bickenhill.

But the Meriden MP believes the current building is ideally placed between the urban and rural parts of the borough.

She fears that shifting resources north might have an impact on communities like Balsall Common.

Cover for the south will be provided by a number of stations include Sheldon, Solihull and the new base Chelmsley Wood.

“Ten fire stations were originally earmarked for closure and now five have been saved, but not Bickenhill. I know there is a proposal for a new station at Chelmsley Wood; however my concerns about accessibility to the rural parts of my constituency still remain,” she said.

Peter Howard, chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, said his members had listened carefully to the public during the consultation period.

The new proposals will be put forward for approval on February 9.

 

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