Possible merger of Bletchley and Great Holm Fire Stations, and creation of blue-light hub
Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority has launched a public consultation into a proposal to merge Bletchley and Great Holm Fire Stations in Milton Keynes and create a blue-light hub station at West Ashland. The consultation runs from 10am on Monday 14 September 2015 to 10am on Monday 9 November 2015.
Under the proposal, all existing fire engines and other resources at Bletchley and Great Holm Fire Stations would be relocated to the new hub station. The fire stations at Broughton, Newport Pagnell and Olney would continue as now, unaffected by this proposal.
The proposed new station would be a base for Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service and Thames Valley Police to work together more effectively for the benefit of the local area.
Chief Fire Officer Jason Thelwell said: “Moving long-established fire stations is always a sensitive issue. 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.
"The consultation is your chance to have your say because no decisions have yet been taken. We will consider your views, and all the evidence, before making a decision – so please take part."
The new hub station would cost about £4.4 million, but thanks to a Government grant of £2.8 million there would be no additional cost to the local community through extra council tax.
- The consultation document includes maps and an analysis of emergency response times.
- An online questionnaire is also available throughout the consultation period.
- Click here for a page containing links to the questions that have been asked since the proposal was published on 14 September 2015, and the answers provided.