New Camborne fire station 'will improve service'
A new community fire station proposed for the Camborne and Redruth area of Cornwall will improve services, fire bosses have said.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service wants to close its station in Redruth and build a new single hub to cover the town, as well as Camborne and Pool.
Critics said they were concerned the hub could result in longer response times for some parts of the area.
The service said the current facilities needed updating.
As part of the proposals, the new hub would be built in the Tolvadden area of Camborne, the service said.
Cover for nearby Hayle would come from crews being based in a shared emergency service centre in the town.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker said the hub would improve cover.
He said: "We believe that we have the evidence that suggests that this would be a good move because it improves emergency responses.
"It also replaces buildings that are over 40-years-old with facilities that are in the right location."
'Extremities not covered'
The service said the plans would help ensure reaching scenes within a target response time of six-and-a-half minutes.
Councillor Mark Kaczmarek, who is also cabinet member for housing and planning for the Conservative-Independent run council, said he was still concerned about response times.
He said: "The majority of Redruth will be covered and the majority of Camborne will be covered.
"But the extremities of Camborne, such as Troon; they wouldn't be reached [in six-and-a-half minutes]."
He said he was waiting for response time figures from the service to study before he supported the proposals.
The fire service said that no decisions had been finalised but that it was due to give detailed proposals to Cornwall Council's cabinet in June.
A public consultation is under way into the proposals. It is due to end on 9 April.