New fire stations are on the way

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Plans for two fire stations in Sheffield are to be submitted for council approval next month.

One is due to be built on the site of a former industrial waste site near to the Bowden Wood roundabout off the Sheffield Parkway.

Meanwhile Birley Moor fire station is earmarked for the junction of Moor Valley and Birley Lane.

Both are due to be operational in 2015 and form part of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue’s strategy to provide the quickest emergency response against a background of Government cuts in grants.

A review last year, supported by extensive computer modelling, found that new sites off the Sheffield Parkway and at Birley Moor would be better-placed and more cost-effective than the ageing stations at Darnall, Mansfield Road and Mosborough.

However, there was opposition from the Fire Brigades Union, which warned that the loss of community fire stations would affect fire cover.

The fire service is now asking the council to approve the two new stations on planning grounds.

It says both proposed buildings are designed with environmental features such as rainwater harvesting, air source heat pumps and solar panels.

The Parkway station has been designed to “nestle below the road” and will be “almost invisible to passing motorists”. The Birley Moor fire station will have a ‘green’ roof to provide natural insulation, promote biodiversity and improve its appearance.

Residents near both sites will be consulted and will be given a say on what the stations will be called.