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Former Banstead police station could reopen as fire station, says FBU
A former police station in Banstead could reopen as a fire station, according to the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
People are currently being consulted on whether one of Epsom’s two fire engines should be moved to Banstead, not Burgh Heath as originally planned.
Richard Jones, brigade secretary at Surrey FBU, said: "We know they are looking for a new station in that area. As far as I’m aware the police station - in Banstead High Street - is the only viable site highlighted so far.
"If they do necessary work and turn it into a fire station, I don’t think it’s a bad thing but I’m told it is not fit to be a fire station at this moment."
In March it was decided that one of Epsom's engines would be relocated to the Burgh Heath area - a move that would double the time to reach a serious fire in Epsom.
Of plans to move an fire engine from Epsom to Banstead or Burgh Heath, Mr Jones said: "Personally I think that it makes sense to split Epsom to one pump stations and spread out resources."
A Surrey Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the former police station being looked at as a possible new location.
Give your views on a new fire station in Banstead instead of Burgh Heath by taking part in the online questionnaire at www.surveymonkey.com/s/SFRSBurghHeath.
Alternatively write to Public Safety Plan team, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Croydon Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0EJ.
For more information visit www.surrey-fire.gov.uk/psp.
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