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Paper backs campaign for fire station not to be built

Opposition to proposals for a multi-million pound new fire station in Pelsall is now red hot in the wake of a Walsall Advertiser campaign against the move.

The campaign – against replacing stations in Aldridge and Bloxwich with a new building in Pelsall – got under way last year following a tip off from the Fire Brigades Union.

It got a new lease of life last month when a local councillor blasted a newly-revealed plan to site a new fire station in “no man’s land”.

People are worried because Walsall has one of the busiest stretches of motorway in Europe and response times from Pelsall will double compared to those from Bloxwich.

Some 3,000 names have been added to a petition since an animated public meeting took place.

And the Fire Brigades Union last month showed its opposition at the proposed Fordbrook Lane site by hanging a massive wooden poster on an iron gate stating: ‘Fire Station Being Built Here – Stop It Now’ but have not yet added their names to the petition.

The Union is expected to seek judicial review if the fire authority is granted planning permission.

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