Plans for fire station merge to create multi-million pound hub

Fire and rescue service
Fire and rescue service

Fire stations could be merging to create a new £4.4million hub in the city, it has been proposed.

Great Holm station will move five miles away to West Ashland along with the Bletchley brigade if plans get the go-ahead.

Bucks & MK Fire Authority believe the ‘blue-light hub’ will allow the service and Thames Valley Police to work together “more effectively”.

They are launching a public consultation on Monday, September 14.

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

“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.”

Fire chiefs hinted at the shake-up in their public safety plan earlier this year in which they proposed to review the number and location of city fire stations as they looked ahead to the next five years.

The blue-light hub will cost around £4.4 million, but the government has promised a grant of £2.8million - meaning there will be no additional cost to taxpayers.

The move will not affect the fire stations at Broughton, Newport Pagnell and Olney, they said.

Further details, including maps and an analysis of emergency response times, will be available on the bucksfire.gov.uk website from 10am on Monday.

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