Following the launch of a consultation on proposed fire service changes in the Spelthorne area, Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Associate for Community Safety Services, said: “As residents of Spelthorne are aware, we’re planning to close Sunbury and Staines fire stations and open a new one at Fordbridge – the best possible location for a fire station in the area. However due to the severe strain on our budgets we’re proposing to close Staines fire station and operate from Sunbury until the new station at Fordbridge is built, with backing from crews from surrounding stations including Chertsey and Egham. There have been delays to the building of the new station as we have sought to secure the optimum access to the site but we’re confident it will start soon. The huge financial pressure we’re under also means we’re proposing to go ahead with Fordbridge without an on-call crew but we’re confident we would still be able to provide an excellent fire and rescue service for the people of Spelthorne and beyond.
“We’ve launched a consultation on our proposals and I would urge people to have their say.”