Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Please provide details of the democratic process that led to a decision/approval, by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, to recommend a site in Frankby Road, Greasby, to the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA) as a site for a £2.8 million new fire station ? Were all 66 Councillors involved in the decision-making process? If not, which Councillors made the decision to offer the Frankby Road site to MFRA?
Thank you for your recent request made under the Freedom of Information
There has never been any formal decision/approval of Members to offer the
site in the centre of Greasby to the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
The following details the events to date:
(1) The MFRS have an operational requirement for a new fire station to
serve several communities in Wirral
(2) They identified a number of potential sites in the Greasby area – some
of these were in Council ownership and some in private ownership
(3) The MFRS asked the Council for advice on the planning policy
considerations of several sites and this advice was provided
(4) MFRS identified the centre of Greasby site as the best fit with their
operational criteria, and
(5) decided to undertake public consultation on that site
(6) This site was strongly opposed by local people. The Leader of the
Council has since confirmed that this site is not available to the MFRS
and they are now looking at other alternative sites which still meet their
operational requirement criteria but are not the “best fit”.
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