South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Public Consultation closes 6th February

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) is urging people to put forward their views on proposed changes to its frontline services, with just three weeks to go until the end of a 14 week public consultation.

After the consultation period ends on Monday 6 February, all responses will be collated and the Fire Authority is expected to make final decisions soon afterwards.

The public consultation document, and related business cases, can be viewed on the Service’s website, www.syfire.gov.uk

The consultation, which has included seven public meetings, is on proposals to address a Government funding cut expected to reach £10m by 2015. Members and officers stress they do not want to make changes but have no alternative due to the extent of the cuts. They have already committed to cutting management and administration costs by 25%.

Any alternative proposals will need to make at least the same level of savings due to the likely budget cut. The proposals currently out to consultation, together with other internal staffing changes, will save around £4m per year following a one-off investment of £3.65m, including two new fire stations.

The proposals are:

A new full-time fire station near to the Sheffield Parkway, to replace Darnall and Mansfield Road fire stations (Sheffield)

A new full-time fire station at Birley, to improve cover in south-east Sheffield, and enable the closure of the part-time fire station at Mosborough

Removal of the retained duty system crews at Edlington (Doncaster) and Royston (Barnsley). Royston fire station would close

Removal of three countywide ‘roving pump’ fire engines that were used to support firefighter training but are no longer needed

Changing the firefighter crewing system at up to six existing stations, starting with Lowedges, with no effect on emergency response times. The “Close Proximity Crewing” model would save £400,000 per station, per year. If it is not possible to introduce Close Proximity Crewing, the alternative “Day Crewing” model would produce similar savings but with a negative impact on night time response times.

People can use any of the methods below to have their say before Monday 6 February 2012:

E-mail: serviceplan@syfire.gov.uk

Post: Public consultation, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue 197 Eyre Street Sheffield S1 3FG

Twitter: @syfr

Facebook: South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Spotted by a very observant reader, thanks.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service community consultation

A Friend of Old Rotherham has received the attached info through his extensive community contacts across South Yorkshire and wishes to share it with Rotherham Politics readers so that they can, if desired, participate in this significant South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service community consultation.
Fire service consultation

 South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) has started a 14-week public consultation on proposals to address a Government funding cut which is expected to reach £10m by 2015. SYFR stress they do not want to make changes but have no alternative due to the extent of the cuts. They have already committed to cutting management and administration costs by 25%.

The proposals are:

  • ·         A new full-time fire station near to the Sheffield Parkway, to replace Darnall and Mansfield Road fire stations (Sheffield)
  •  ·         A new full-time fire station at Birley, to improve cover in south-east Sheffield, and enable the closure of the part-time fire station at Mosborough
  •  ·         Removal of the retained duty system crews at Edlington (Doncaster) and Royston (Barnsley). Royston fire station would close
  •  ·         Removal of three countywide ‘roving pump’ fire engines in the north and east of Sheffield at Elm Lane , Darnall & Mansfield Rd Fire Stations
  •  ·         Changing the firefighter crewing system at up to six existing stations, starting with Lowedges, with no effect on emergency response times.

Feedback through the consultation period is welcome, and any alternative proposals will need to make at least the same level of savings due to the likely budget cut. The proposals currently out to consultation, together with other internal staffing changes, will save around £4m per year following a one-off investment of £3.65m, including two new fire stations.

The public consultation document, related business cases and Equality Impact Assessment can be viewed on the Service’s website, www.syfire.gov.uk. To make your views known, you can:

Write to: Public consultation, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, 197 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 3FG

E-mail: serviceplan@syfire.gov.uk

Twitter: @syfr

Facebook: South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

The consultation ends on Monday 6th February 2012.

Public Meetings will be held in the following areas:

SHEFFIELD

  • Tuesday 22nd November, 7pm, Church on the Corner, 1-5 Buchanan Road, Sheffield, S5 8AP (Elm Lane area)
  • Tuesday 29th November, 7pm, St Catherine’s Church, 300 Hastilar Road South, Sheffield S13 8EJ (Darnall/Mansfield Road area)
  • Wednesday 30th November, 7pm, Mosborough Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Sheffield S20 5BT
  • Wednesday 14th December, 7pm, Sheffield Transport Club, Meadowhead, Sheffield S8 7RH

Just another unreliable newspaper

As the House of Commons debates the phone hacking scandal and the conduct of newspapers, July’s issue of MaltbyNews is in circulation. (I hesitate to say “delivered to every house in Maltby as it proclaims, as it’s rather a hit and miss affair).

Amidst the national discussion on the reliability of the press and the infringement of liberties of the public, Maltby News’ editor Kevin Hall has chosen again to disregard his so called policy of giving the”right to reply’. Rather than respond in his ‘newspaper’ to the libellous comments and untruths that he has previously published he has produced an issue with neither “Letters to the Editor”, an  editorial comment nor the name(s) of the journalists’ who have written the copy.

The ‘Events Calendar’ notes the Local Development Framework  Public Consultation dates for Bramley and Wickersley but omits Maltby. Two Maltby Town Council News Pages (at a cost of £300) have a competition entry form with last year’s date on. If it wasn’t for the advertising by local businesses (at whatever the charge) and the ‘wrap around’ by Maltby Academy (ditto the charge) then a more cynical person than myself might conclude that Kevin Hall prints in www.maltbynews.co.uk what is in HIS interest and not that of the Maltby community.