Firefighters’ house plans to be decided

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Spalding fire stationcould take a step closer to being manned 24/7 if plans for on-site accommodation are approved.

The plans are for a two-storey building to provide five bedrooms, living room and kitchen/dining room to allow up to five firefighters to stay on-site overnight to provide emergency cover from 6.30pm to 7.30am.

It follows a review by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue into its response capability, which resulted in a decision to increase the number of stations across the county manned 24 hours a day.

Spalding is one of the latest to undergo the change from being staffed only during the day.

The new house, which would replace an existing vehicle storage compound and five parking spaces, would only be used by on-duty crews.

The storage area would be relocated elsewhere on the fire station site in West Elloe Avenue.

The decision on the planning application will be made by Lincolnshire County Council’s planning and regulation committee on Monday.