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In defence of Porthcawl Fire Station

This is an article for Seaside News

Last month I attended a rally outside the fire station in Porthcawl attended by several hundred residents who are concerned that plans by the Fire and Rescue Authority to move the facility to Cornelly, will compromise their safety.

This is not just a simple re-location as the number of appliances in the new station will be half those currently available.

The computer modelling on which the plan for Porthcawl is based uses figures of 7,000 residences and 16,000 people. These figures account for permanent residents as they are 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.

Trecco Bay 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.

That is why I am opposing this closure.

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