Fire station mergers: Not long left to have your say

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There is less than one week left to voice your views on plans to merge city fire stations and create a ‘blue-light’ hub.

On September 14, Bucks and Milton Keynes Fire Authority launched a public consultation into proposals to close Bletchley and Great Holm Fire Stations.

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This week, fire chiefs have called on the public to help shape plans to build a new site in West Ashland, which will be used by both firefighters and police officers.

Councillors have opposed the plans after concerns that the closures would have a “significant effect” on fire cover in north, west and central Milton Keynes.

There are also fears that the joint location for police and fire services would impact the ability of firefighters to maintain “independent of law enforcement”.

Councillor Gowans said: “Labour councillors in Bletchley are also concerned with the planned closure of Bletchley police station and replacement located in West Ashland.

“The Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld has opted not to consult at all.

“We believe a police presence should be retained in central Bletchley.

“We call on Mr Stansfeld to achieve this by having a police counter at the library.”

The new hub station would cost around £4.4 million, but a Government grant of £2.8 million means there is no risk that council tax will be put up to foot the bill.

Chief Fire Officer Jason Thelwell said: “Moving long-established fire stations is always a sensitive issue.

“We are confident that the proposal is safe and cost-effective while building greater collaboration between the emergency services and offering some facilities for local community groups to use.

“The consultation is your chance to have your say because no decisions have yet been taken. We will consider your views, and all the evidence, before making a decision – so please take part.”

Further details, including maps and an analysis of emergency response times, are available here.

The consultation will run until 10am next Monday, November 9.