Fire funding secure

Plans for new fire stations in Gloucestershire have survived Government cuts.

Number Ten has confirmed that the funding for the £40 million project to build four new fire stations and a Life Skills Centre is secure.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for community safety said:

"Whilst we were confident that such an important scheme would go ahead, we were waiting for the government to confirm it in writing. This is great news for the people of Gloucestershire as this project will enable us to provide even quicker response times to emergency calls."

The project will be supported financially under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) that involves £40million of Government funding.

The scheme will se fire stations built at three new locations,  Cheltenham Road East in Churchdown and Shepherd Road in Tuffley, which will replace the current Gloucester fire station at Eastern Avenue.

In Cheltenham, a new station will be built at Uckington while the current station in Keynsham Road will be demolished and rebuilt at that location.

A temporary fire station will be needed during this period.

The Life Skills Centre will be built at Shepherd Road, Tuffley

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