Consultation events on fire station plans

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Public consultation events on controversial plans to close fire stations in the High Peak are taking place in Buxton and Glossop this week.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority are currently consulting with stakeholders on proposals which would see the total number of fire stations across the county reducing from 31 to 20.

In the High Peak, this would mean fire stations in New Mills, Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith would be closed, and replaced with a new merged station in Furness Vale, next to the A6.

Stations in Bradwell and Hathersage in the Hope Valley would also be closed, and replaced with a new merged station on Hathersage Road in Bamford.

Glossop fire station would be changed from a wholetime station to a retained duty system station while Buxton’s station - which has only been open for two years - would be relocated from Staden Lane to a new site, possibly on Fairfield Common.

If approved, the plans, which have been criticised by the Fire Brigades Union and local residents, would also see the loss of 78 firefighter jobs across the county.

The public consultation events are taking place at The Springs shopping centre, Buxton, on Friday, from 9.30am to 3pm and at Norfolk Square, Glossop, from 2pm to 5pm on Friday.

If you’re unable to attend the events, but want to have your say on the plans, see the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service website at www.derbys-fire.gov.uk, where you can also find the full consultation document.

The consultation runs until December 23.