The people of Hebburn will have the opportunity to find out more information about plans for a new Tri-Station being proposed at Campbell Park Road in Hebburn during a series of public engagement events.
The new state-of-the-art multifunctional facility known as Hebburn Tri-Station will house three emergency services: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) and Northumbria Police.
The term Tri-Station means a collaborative facility supporting all three Blue Light Emergency Services, and operating their public services under the one roof.
These plans will be on display at two public engagement events being held at Lukes Lane Community Centre in Hebburn on Thursday, 26 August between 10.00am and 12noon and Wednesday, 1 September between 6pm and 8pm.
Venue address: Lukes Lane Community Centre, Marine Drive, Hebburn, NE31 2BA
Local residents will be able to talk with representatives from the project team and ask any questions they might have about the Tri-Station. There will also be a virtual-reality video being played during the events to give residents an idea of the building’s layout and design.
The new station will be designed as a carbon-neutral building with energy sourced from solar roof panelling and ground-source heat pumps. This represents TWFRS’s commitment to a greener environment and being a way to reduce the Service’s carbon footprint.
There are also additional community elements to the proposal with the plans for football playing fields supported by South Tyneside Council that will be enjoyed by local people (this is subject to the outcome of a current pre-application being reviewed by Sport England).
Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘Hebburn Tri-Station will be an essential resource for the residents of Hebburn and also for local communities in the surrounding areas of Tyne and Wear.
‘The North East is proud to have some of the finest highly skilled and respected emergency service personnel and facilities in the country, and Hebburn Tri-Station would be an impressive addition to those community assets.
‘The new station would become one of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s largest Capital Programme projects in recent years, and shows our commitment to providing facilities that help protect local residents and keep them safe from harm.
‘I urge the people of Hebburn to attend one of the engagement events and talk to the project team about the proposed plans.’
A NEAS spokesperson, said: ‘Close working with our emergency service partners has proven to be really effective elsewhere in the region and we relish exploring opportunities to do so here.’
A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: ‘We have a number of successful collaboration initiatives with our blue light partners as part of our commitment to deliver the very best service possible to the communities we are proud to be a part of here in the North East.’
The Hebburn Tri-Station project team are also working closely with the offices of Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Kim McGuinness, who said:
‘This is a forward-thinking set-up and the station will be a very important part of the local community. Our services already work very closely and being under one roof will bring many positives. Everyone involved wants to make sure that local people benefit and get what they need out of the new arrangement and so it’s really important that people make the most of this opportunity to have their say.’
The architects and designers for the Hebburn Tri-Station scheme are from Sunderland City Council’s infrastructure and planning team.
The public engagement events are being held in the local community ahead of a formal planning application being submitted to South Tyneside Council for the Hebburn Tri-Station at the end of September 2021.
The new tri-station is part of a wider programme for the proposed Campbell Park Road site as TWFRS is looking at the possibility of obtaining the adjacent site to the north of the new station to provide future resilience for the Fire Service’s current Training and Education Centre at Barmston Mere in Washington.
This indoor facility would enable TWFRS to undertake specialist training exercises all year round that aren’t currently possible due to adverse weather conditions.
If residents aren’t able to attend either of the public engagement events then they can email any questions to Hebburn.TriStation@twfire.gov.uk (people can also use this email address if they have special requirements for any of the public engagement events – for example, accessibility).
The public engagement team welcomes any comments, questions or feedback on the project up until 17 September. This correspondence will be considered and evaluated as part of the application process and all submitted content will be treated in confidence.
Images of the design proposals are available to view on the www.twfire.gov.uk website.
If the Hebburn Tri-Station project is granted planning approval then the building would look to be open by Summer 2023.