The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has written to the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service opposing their proposal to close Porthcawl Fire Station in the strongest terms.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service have announced proposals for the closure of Porthcawl Fire Station, replacing it with a new station at Cornelly. The Kenfig Hill Fire Station would also be closed, and the number of appliances would be reduced by fifty per cent.
Mr Black said:
"I am wholly opposed to this move on grounds of increased risk to both residents and visitors in Porthcawl.
"The computer modelling on which this is based uses figures of 7,000 residences and 16,000 people for Porthcawl. These are the figures for permanent residents at present. However, they do not take any account of the numbers of holidaymakers who visit Porthcawl, nor do they take account of housing and other developments proposed for the area.
"To give but one instance of each; Trecco Bay is the largest caravan park in Europe, has 1,800 static homes, and can have up to 10,000 people on site during the holiday season. In addition, planning permission has been granted for 1,300 new homes on Salt Lake and Sandy Bay.
"South Wales Fire Service says that the new station will be able to provide an average response time of seven minutes to an emergency in Porthcawl. I find this difficult to accept, given that this is a retained fire station.
"At certain times of the year firefighters will have to travel to the station, and then get from the station to the emergency when the town's population will not only have been swelled by the numbers of holidaymakers, but also by the considerable number of day-visitors, the vast majority of whom will have come by car.
"That is why I am opposing this closure."