Weston-super-Mare Fire Station to move from current base
PUBLISHED: 17:13 27 June 2018
Weston-super-Mare Fire Station will move in order to ‘better serve the community’ but the exact location has not been identified.
Avon Fire and Rescue Service’s new Chief Fire Officer Mick Crennell said it makes ‘perfect sense’ to move the station from Milton Avenue.
The service is looking to move or develop three of its stations – the others being Avonmouth and Bath – in order to better serve the community.
A Weston move is likely to take about five years.
Weston’s site will be relocated and a new station built, with the Milton Avenue base likely to go up for sale.
Mr Crennell said: “It does not make sense for half of our (eight-minute) response zone to be in the sea.
“It would make more sense to optimise our service standards and have a new station built a little south and east of its current location.”
The location of the new station is not yet known as research and timed tests must be carried out to ensure the service can uphold its eight-minute response time goal.
Mr Crennell said: “It is quite clear Weston is in the middle of a housing estate and is probably not an ideal location for the fire station, either for the residents in the locality or for our operational needs as a fire service.
“Our Investing In Futures programme started a few years ago and I can only assume, as I was not here at the time, it is a result of our estates management moving forwards.
“Buildings do not last forever and it is cheaper to knock it down and start again than to refurbish and repair it.
“It is then when you have the opportunity to ask where the right place is for the station.”
Weston is the only full-time station located in North Somerset and was built around 60 years ago.
Mr Crennell wants to create a ‘community amenity’ for Weston and will look at sharing the premises with other services.
He added: “It should not be just a fire station but a place for the community.
“There should be amenities there for the public to use.
“We will not only look at the right location but also having the right kit, equipment and personnel according to the risk in the area.”
Avonmouth will be the first station to undergo development before the service moves on to looking at Weston, with a site expected to be earmarked by next year.