First look at new Sunderland fire station

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RESIDENTS can see plans for a multimillion-pound Sunderland fire station later this month.

The community station at Old Mill Road, in Marley Pots, will be a replacement for Fulwell Fire Station, following a decision to relocate four years ago.

The plans were given approval earlier this year and it is hoped the station will be built by summer 2015.

Now those living near the site can get a chance to see and learn more about the station at public information sessions, when they can talk to fire officers about the proposals. There will also be a display, an artist’s impression and a model of what the new Marley Park Community Fire Station could look like.

The sessions are being held in St Andrew’s Methodist Church hall, in Old Mill Rd, Marley Pots, between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday, July 30, and between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Thursday, August 1.

Joy Brindle, assistant chief fire officer for the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We held a number of sessions when we were first planning the new fire station and we had a really positive response from the community. We are now back to show local people what the new community fire station could look like and to answer any questions people may have.”

Sunderland councillor Tom Wright, chairman of the Fire Authority, said: “This new, modern station is great news for the community and for Sunderland.”

It is hoped that building of the new fire station will start next summer.