Whiston & Huyton Fire Station Merger Planned for Prescot

By on Thursday, March 6, 2014

Whiston_fire_stationMerseyside Fire and Rescue Authority have approved plans to build a new fire station in Prescot.

The proposed premises on Manchester Road will replace Whiston and Huyton fire stations, both earmarked for closure to cut costs. The total number of fire fighters will be reduced from 48 to 40, mostly through retirement.

An MFRA report says the project will cost £5 million but save the fire service £50,000 a year on running costs and £330,000 a year on salaries.

They say the savings are necessary because to central government budget cuts amounting to £6.5 million in 2015-16.

The new Prescot ‘blue-light centre’ will have two fire appliances.

Upton and West Kirby, and St Helens and Eccleston stations are also due to merge, with two new replacement stations in Greasby and St Helens town centre.

Whether the proposed mergers go ahead depends on finding suitable land, and fire chief Dan Stephens told the Sunday Echo recently that outright station closures were possible if plans fell through.

The project is also subject to a public consultation, due to start later this year.

The suggested Manchester Road location, near Prescot’s Cables Retail Park, was once occupied by the BICC, which later became Prysmian.

TJ Morris-owned Home Bargains recently announced its intention to leave Prescot Shopping Centre and move to a new superstore and garden centre on the same site.

Image: Whiston Fire Station, by Sue Adair
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