Former Banstead police station could reopen as fire station, says FBU

The former police station in Banstead High Street

The former police station in Banstead High Street

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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.

Email comments to psp@surreycc.gov.uk, call 03456 009 009, send a text to 07527 182 861 or fax 01737 222857.

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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8:45am Tue 14 Jan 14

EwellMan says...

What we need is to re-open all the police stations, crime rates are increasing big time in the whole of Surrey particularly around Epsom and Ewell. The criminals know that there are hardly any police on the streets so easy pickings.
What we need is to re-open all the police stations, crime rates are increasing big time in the whole of Surrey particularly around Epsom and Ewell. The criminals know that there are hardly any police on the streets so easy pickings. EwellMan
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10:54am Tue 14 Jan 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Totally agree with "EwellMan". Even the reduced numbers at Epsom seem to be permanently parked in the Police office in the town hall in Epsom, with the new shiny cars filling up their parking spaces in the car park, rather than being on the road where they should be.
As to the fire stations, the real point should include keeping the two pumps at Epsom, where there is definitely enough work for them both. The Banstead/Burgh Heath option should be an additional option.
On three occasions in recent months fires in Surrey Fire area have required the assistance of London Fire appliances to quell the fires.
But rather than increase the strength in Surrey, they are lowering the numbers. I can see the proposed Banstead appliance spending more time in London than Surrey if this takes place. One remaining appliance in Epsom will not be able to cope with it's extra workload.
The recent closure of ten inner London fire stations can only mean that on occasions the outer London appliances will be called in towards central London to assist. This could result in either Surrey Fire being called into outer London to assist, or being unable to receive assistance from London as often as before. It is not too strong to say that LIVES WILL BE AT STAKE, if appliances are reduced in Epsom.
Totally agree with "EwellMan". Even the reduced numbers at Epsom seem to be permanently parked in the Police office in the town hall in Epsom, with the new shiny cars filling up their parking spaces in the car park, rather than being on the road where they should be. As to the fire stations, the real point should include keeping the two pumps at Epsom, where there is definitely enough work for them both. The Banstead/Burgh Heath option should be an additional option. On three occasions in recent months fires in Surrey Fire area have required the assistance of London Fire appliances to quell the fires. But rather than increase the strength in Surrey, they are lowering the numbers. I can see the proposed Banstead appliance spending more time in London than Surrey if this takes place. One remaining appliance in Epsom will not be able to cope with it's extra workload. The recent closure of ten inner London fire stations can only mean that on occasions the outer London appliances will be called in towards central London to assist. This could result in either Surrey Fire being called into outer London to assist, or being unable to receive assistance from London as often as before. It is not too strong to say that LIVES WILL BE AT STAKE, if appliances are reduced in Epsom. Hove Ex-Pat
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