Growth prompts new fire sta­tion plans

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Pop­u­la­tion growth has prompted plans for a new fire sta­tion, which will en­able the fire ser­vice to meet its deadlines.

Al­bany and Long Bay have both been in­ten­sively de­vel­oped in re­cent years and are in the catch­ment area of the new sta­tion, which is fur­ther north than the one it would re­place.

The pro­posed sta­tion would re­place the ex­ist­ing East Coast Bays Fire Sta­tion in Rothe­say Bay and would be lo­cated on East Coast Rd, near Glam­or­gan Drive.

The con­sent doc­u­ments re­veal the fire ser­vice, now Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand, had con­sulted with neigh­bours around the site and five of the seven had pro­vided writ­ten ap­proval for the project. It was now in a lim­ited no­ti­fi­ca­tion process mean­ing only those af­fected could sub­mit.

‘‘The ex­ist­ing East Coast Bays Fire Sta­tion at 19 Knights Rd, Rothe­say Bay, is un­able to meet the New Zealand Fire Ser­vice’s ser­vice de­liv­ery tar­get of at­tend­ing 90 per cent of in­ci­dents within five min­utes of leav­ing the sta­tion,’’ the doc­u­ments said. ‘‘The pro­posed new fire sta­tion is lo­cated much closer to the tar­geted catch­ment area.’’

The proposal in­cluded earth­works, en­croach­ing a road re­serve, tear­ing down houses on

‘‘Fire sta­tions are val­ued.’’

two of the three prop­er­ties, and build­ing a three-storey fire sta­tion.

The sta­tion would in­clude a gym­na­sium, of­fices, sleep­ing quar­ters, a place to store the fire trucks, and more.

Pos­i­tive ef­fects the proposal might have were also in the con­sent doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing: ’’Fire sta­tions are val­ued, as they pro­vide a sense of safety.’’

Other doc­u­ments in­cluded in the lim­ited no­ti­fi­ca­tion ap­pli­ca­tion in­cluded a traf­fic im­pact as­sess­ment, en­gi­neer­ing re­port and as­sess­ment of noise ef­fects.

The traf­fic im­pact as­sess­ment con­cluded there would be no traf­fic-re­lated rea­son why re­source con­sent should not be granted.

The en­gi­neer­ing re­port said ex­ist­ing pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture, such as waste­water and stormwa­ter retic­u­la­tion, was avail­able and could ‘‘ad­e­quately ser­vice the de­vel­op­ment’’.

Fi­nally, the noise as­sess­ment con­cluded con­struc­tion noise would be con­trolled and the over­all noise ef­fect would be ‘‘no more than mi­nor for the neigh­bours’’.

Like the ex­ist­ing sta­tion, the pro­posed new sta­tion would op­er­ate 24/7 and would in­clude both ca­reer and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers.

ZIZI SPARKS/STUFF

East Coast Bays Fire Sta­tion in Rothe­say Bay will even­tu­ally be moved to East Coast Road.

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