Councillors back call to save Blaina fire station

DEMONSTRATION: Protesters at Blaina fire station in September campaigning to keep the station open. Picture by Matt Phillips.

DEMONSTRATION: Protesters at Blaina fire station in September campaigning to keep the station open. Picture by Matt Phillips.

First published in News

COUNCILLORS have backed a call from campaigners to keep a Gwent fire station open after plans were approved to close it.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority approved plans in principle in March to close Blaina fire station and remove a second pump at Cwmbran fire station.

Blaenau Gwent council’s corporate overview scrutiny committee members backed campaigners yesterday by recommending that the fire station should remain open.

The recommendation will be discussed at the council's executive meeting on September 3 before a final decision is made by the fire service in September.

The fire service's plans have faced bitter opposition from campaigners since last Autumn.

A leading voice has been Blaina firefighter widow Margaret Griffin, who lost her husband Steven alongside his colleague Kevin Lane when they entered a burning house on Zephaniah Way, Blaina, on February 1 1996, believing a three-year-old boy was trapped inside.

Mrs Griffin had previously said she was disappointed in the fire service's decision.

A spokeswoman from Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council said: "A scrutiny meeting took place as part of the ongoing process. It was recommended that Blaina Fire Station stays open.”

South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority defended plans earlier this year saying closure was not predicted to increase fatalities and could save up to £158,000 a year.

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1:46pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Julesblaina1 says...

the council know full well that the fire authority will go ahead and shut the station, by saying they want to keep the station open takes the pressure off them knowing that they wont get the blame when it closes. The council are more than happy to close all the services they run, talk about double standards. All the town centre toilets were closed to save £12,000 a year and as a result people are not shopping in the towns any more and this has been seen by the footfall in these towns. Now shops will close down and staff laid off, the council then have to pay benefits to these people all for the sake of saving £12000 a year.
the council know full well that the fire authority will go ahead and shut the station, by saying they want to keep the station open takes the pressure off them knowing that they wont get the blame when it closes. The council are more than happy to close all the services they run, talk about double standards. All the town centre toilets were closed to save £12,000 a year and as a result people are not shopping in the towns any more and this has been seen by the footfall in these towns. Now shops will close down and staff laid off, the council then have to pay benefits to these people all for the sake of saving £12000 a year. Julesblaina1
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11:41pm Fri 8 Aug 14

gingertom says...

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7:39am Sat 9 Aug 14

kfwallisdown says...

i can remember when there was a plastics factory that caught fire if there was not a fire engine close then the co op would have gone and possibly some houses ,so they should keep the station open
i can remember when there was a plastics factory that caught fire if there was not a fire engine close then the co op would have gone and possibly some houses ,so they should keep the station open kfwallisdown
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8:41am Wed 13 Aug 14

signal box says...

The Gwent area of the Fire Brigade in the 1980's & 1990's was subjected to very savage reductions in the number of alliances that were available one appliance was removed from the following stations :- Ebbw Vale, Abertillery
Abercarn, New Inn, Malpas, Risca it is now time for these savage cuts to stop.
The Gwent area of the Fire Brigade in the 1980's & 1990's was subjected to very savage reductions in the number of alliances that were available one appliance was removed from the following stations :- Ebbw Vale, Abertillery Abercarn, New Inn, Malpas, Risca it is now time for these savage cuts to stop. signal box
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