WORK to build a new fire station at the Aston Martin site in Gaydon has got under way.
The £760,000 project on Banbury Road has been funded through a Department for Communities and Local Government Transformation grant and will be home to one fire engine and 12 firefighters.
Working on peak demand – which means firefighters will be on site from 7am to 7pm – it is hoped the new station will not only serve the community of Gaydon, but also provide crews with a central base from which they can deal with incidents on the M40 as well as in and around the south of the county.
The station is being built by contractors, Keirs with support from Aston Martin and JLR who are working in partnership with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service to ensure they are able to make the best use of the site.
Chief Fire Officer, Andy Hickmott said he was delighted the new build was finally underway.
He said: “The location is great for access to the south of the county and the pilot for a Gaydon response point has proven a real success.
“We know it will improve our resilience, increase community safety and ensure we have the right cover for when we need it the most.”
County community safety spokesman, Coun John Horner added: “A new station is great news for the community of Warwickshire. “It has been built to meet the current needs of the population and enhance our response in the south of the county.
“We have a duty to provide the best possible service to protect the community and I believe this new station will help us achieve that.”
And chair of the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Matt Western, echoed Coun Horner’s sentiments.
He said: “The new station will be a great asset and will further enhance our response to incidents in and around the M40 area as well as our fire safety work within local communities.”
The new station, which will have access to the B4100 and nearby M40 is expected to be completed in July.