Pictures of new £3m fire station revealed
These are the first images of what the £3 million fire station which will cover the Cradley Heath and Halesowen area will look like.
The plans for the state-of-the art station are expected to be submitted to Sandwell Council planners a week on Monday, and construction work is due to start in March. The artist's impressions of the building to go on the site of the Municipal Buildings on Barrs Road in Cradley Heath, were put on display for the first time in the neighbouring Haden Hill Leisure Centre last night.
The modern looking fire station, which will have a glass fronted reception area, will be home to one engine but have three bays for other fire service vehicles. In addition to the fire fighters' facilities it will have rooms for community use and for the Young Firefighters Association.
The engines will enter and exit the station off Halesowen Road, and traffic signals will be used to make it safe. The new station will also see the neighbouring Haden Hill Leisure Centre gain car parking space.
Some residents looking at the plans last night welcomed the scheme while others still hold concerns. Roger King, aged 60, from nearby Beauty Bank, said: "We are worried about the noise."
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