West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has today confirmed that the new fire station replacing Shipley and Idle stations will be located on Valley Road, Bradford.
The site is approximately two miles north of the originally proposed base on Canal Road and has been procured through a land swap with social housing provider, Incommunities.
The new station site also satisfies concerns raised during fire service public consultation by its increased proximity to the northern and more rural area of its catchment, towards Baildon.
Construction of the new fire station should take place by late summer 2015 with an anticipated completion by the end of 2016. The station will be crewed by wholetime firefighters who will staff one fire engine and provide 24/7 response.
The location will offer good emergency cover and is positioned on the main arterial road through Bradford, with improved access into the higher risk areas, including Manningham and Toller.
In total more than 10 sites were examined in the search for the correct location.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Steve Beckley, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Incommunities to deliver a state-of-the-art fire station and at the same time facilitate the provision of high quality social housing in the areas of most need.
“I would like to thank Incommunities for their flexible approach which has allowed this partnership to come to fruition.”
Jez Lester, Assistant Chief Executive, Asset Management for Incommunities, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on a scheme which aims to deliver much needed affordable housing on two urban sites and a new state-of-the-art station on a former cleared housing site.
“We look forward to working with them on the planning applications to deliver the new homes.”
In December 2012 West Yorkshire Fire Authority approved the merger of Shipley and Idle, and their replacement with a new station, as part of the Integrated Risk Management Plan.
This was the result of a strategic review of emergency cover across West Yorkshire in response to a reduction in risk and significant shortfalls in funding due to cuts to Government grant.
Building work is already well underway on five of West Yorkshire’s new stations – South Kirkby, Rothwell, Rastrick, Killingbeck and Carlton Road.
As part of the redevelopment programme we have been working hard in the Shipley and Idle communities, delivering fire safety advice, which has seen a 38.8% reduction in the number of emergencies.
Targeted intervention will continue to address the risks of fire, particularly in the Manningham ward, which remains a very high risk ward.
West Yorkshire Fire Authority was notified of the new site on Valley Road, Bradford, at today’s Authority meeting.
Chair of the Authority, Councillor Judith Hughes, said: “The Authority continues to invest in state-of-the-art facilities to maintain its focus on protecting the people of West Yorkshire. This fire station is an investment for the next 30 to 40 years.
“The opportunity to support the provision of much needed social housing is an added bonus and we look forward to working with Incommunities over the coming months to bring these plans to fruition.”