Basildon fire station could be split into two under radical plans

Basildon fire station to be split into two under radical plans

Basildon fire station to be split into two under radical plans

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Basildon fire station could be axed and replaced with two smaller out of town sites under radical new plans.


The county’s chief fire officer David Johnson outlined proposals to shelve Basildon’s current central fire station - in Great Oaks - instead replacing it with two smaller stations on industrial areas.


He has vowed the move would not mean the number of firefighters or engines would be cut, but would instead “give the public what it needs” and speed up response times.


Under the plans, the station would be replaced with one in the north of Basildon and another in the south of the town.


Mr Johnson claimed that, as well as improving response times, the changes would allow the service to cut costs without cutting crew or the number of fire engines.


Mr Johnson said his only concerns relate to funding and the ability to find appropriate sites.


The fire service has already saved £4.7million but may be asked to cut another £5million a year - from its £77million budget - after the Government’s next spending review announcement in December.

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4:22pm Wed 24 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

more houses near the town centre....
more houses near the town centre.... Eric Whim
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4:26pm Wed 24 Oct 12

Brunning999 says...

I thought we were trying to save money, this scheme is the work of a lunatic.
I thought we were trying to save money, this scheme is the work of a lunatic. Brunning999
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4:39pm Wed 24 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

two out of town sites cheaper than the amount of money to be made selling the existing site off for housing development, probably
two out of town sites cheaper than the amount of money to be made selling the existing site off for housing development, probably Eric Whim
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5:31pm Wed 24 Oct 12

fletch12107 says...

The way that the emergency services are being targetted for disproportionate cuts I reckon a pushbike carrying a stirrup pump and a bucket will be housed in a phonebox in the future. Notice how no senior officers have offered to reduce their salaries to help out.
The way that the emergency services are being targetted for disproportionate cuts I reckon a pushbike carrying a stirrup pump and a bucket will be housed in a phonebox in the future. Notice how no senior officers have offered to reduce their salaries to help out. fletch12107
  • Score: 1

7:09pm Wed 24 Oct 12

Steve H says...

Be hard to split in two, there's 5 doors....
Be hard to split in two, there's 5 doors.... Steve H
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7:11am Thu 25 Oct 12

shallotman says...

Could save money by starting the cuts at the top.
Could save money by starting the cuts at the top. shallotman
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12:47pm Thu 25 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

shallotman wrote:
Could save money by starting the cuts at the top.
there seems to be a 'with' and and an 'n' missing there....
[quote][p][bold]shallotman[/bold] wrote: Could save money by starting the cuts at the top.[/p][/quote]there seems to be a 'with' and and an 'n' missing there.... Eric Whim
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3:06pm Thu 25 Oct 12

perini says...

Eric Whim wrote:
shallotman wrote: Could save money by starting the cuts at the top.
there seems to be a 'with' and and an 'n' missing there....
Took a few seconds but I like it!!
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shallotman[/bold] wrote: Could save money by starting the cuts at the top.[/p][/quote]there seems to be a 'with' and and an 'n' missing there....[/p][/quote]Took a few seconds but I like it!! perini
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