Petition against fire station closures gathers momentum

Councillor Zoe Nolan
Councillor Zoe Nolan

Fears that the closure of Great Holm fire station will “endanger” lives has prompted a petition against the plans.

Fire chiefs want to create a new £4.4million hub in West Ashland by merging brigades from Great Holm and Bletchley – and basing police officers in the same building.

But campaigners argue the ‘blue-light hub’ will increase response times to both fires and traffic incidents.

They are encouraging members of the public to sign a petition against the plans, which were opposed by Milton Keynes Council in October.

The petition by the MK Labour party will be presented to Fire Authority ahead of the final decision in the new year.

It states: “We believe, as do many firefighters, that this will endanger much of northern Milton Keynes, through increased response times to fires and traffic incidents.”

Councillor Zoe Nolan, who is leading the charge against the closures, said: “Great Holm fire station is only 26 years old. 
“It is madness that no one is looking at renovating it instead of building a £4million new station.

“I am very concerned about what could happen in the north of Milton Keynes because time is everything when it comes to fire or car accidents.”

Bucks Fire & Rescue service are currently analysing responses to an eight-week consultation on the proposal.

They say they are hearing people’s views “loud and clear”.

A report will be compiled by the service to be presented to the Fire Authority in February next year, when a final decision will be made.

> If you would like to sign the petition, visit change.org