Porlock Fire Station

As you may be aware, Porlock Fire Station is being considered for closure.  Many residents of Porlock and District have been expressing their concerns, as closure would mean less timely emergency fire cover being provided by Minehead, Dulverton or Lynton.  An email from Andrew Milne, District Councillor, is available for viewing in the village shop, together with petition forms.

Concerns raised to date relate to the demographics of the area, namely :

  • 1 in 3 people in West Somerset is over 65 years of age (1917 Public Health England Report)
  • Older residents are more at risk during a fire
  • The ever present and increasing risk of moorland fires
  • The steep, narrow, single track route to our village
  • The number of thatched and older properties
  • The possible loss of a nearby Co-Responder Service

Should you share local concerns, the Parish Council would appreciate your support by signing the village petition and/or by writing to the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, our local MP Mr Liddell Grainger, or the local press.  The Wootton Courtenay petition will be available until 22nd July.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has organised a ‘Have Your Say’ meeting to explain the rationale for the proposed changes, and to hear from local people.  This will take place on Thursday, 25th July at Porlock Village Hall from 1pm – 5pm.

Ruth Walker

On behalf of the Parish Council