Wednesday, October 26, 2016

News: Construction starts on Rotherham shared station

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Kier Construction has begun work on the project to create a new joint police and fire station in Rotherham.

The project at Maltby won Government Transformation Funding of £560,000 last year and will help save both South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue money by sharing building running costs. It will also improve services by making it easier for police and firefighters to share knowledge, skills and expertise when tackling common issues, like anti-social behaviour and road traffic collisions. In a similar way, it will also help both organisations to reach the most vulnerable members of the community.

Maltby fire station will close and Maltby police station will be modified to accommodate fire service vehicles and staff, under the plans approved by Rotherham Council last year.

Chief Fire Officer James Courtney, Police & Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police Superintendent Sarah Poolman and Fire Authority member Cllr Pat Haith attended an event to formally begin work on the site.

James Courtney, Chief Fire Officer at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, said: "This move makes perfect sense for us, for the police and for the taxpayer. Instead of having two public buildings, and all the running costs associated with them, we will be able to combine our resources into one facility to provide a more efficient frontline service.

"By working alongside each other under one roof, the move will also benefit both organisations by improving how we work together to solve problems we both face, which can only help to improve the quality of the service we offer to local people."

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Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "The move to accommodate both South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue staff under one roof is a huge step in our commitment to the public to reduce costs and work more collaboratively.

"The diminishing government grants for both organisations are requiring all of us to be most cost effective, whilst still providing the same levels of service. I hope that the police and fire station will prove to be a successful pilot and we can identify further opportunities for blue light services to work together."

Superintendent Sarah Poolman of South Yorkshire Police, added: "The layout of this purpose-built facility will assist internal information and intelligence sharing among police staff, as it's better designed to help meet the demands of modern policing, demands that have changed substantially since the existing station was constructed many years ago on Main Street.

"We envisage that sharing the building with our partners at the Fire and Rescue Service will improve both parties input into collaborative projects too, delivering a better coordinated service to the public."

The new facility is expected to open in spring 2017.

The third high profile public sector project in the borough, Kier is also the lead contractor on the Urgent Care Centre at Rotherham Hospital and the redevelopment of Oakwood School.

Kier Construction website

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