Release date: 13 September 2018
There is still time to have your say on proposals being put forward for a new fire station in Horsham.
Local people are being asked to take part in a public consultation over proposals which could see the current fire station relocated from Hurst Road to a site on the A24 at Highwood.
A drop-in event about the proposal is being held today (Thursday 13 September) from 5-7pm at Horsham Library. An information stand about the proposed relocation is on show at the library.
The consultation runs until Wednesday 19 September. To take part visit our consultation page.
The current fire station was built in 1968 and is 50 years old. It is no longer able to provide the operational training environment required for a modern fire service.
The proposals would see:
• a new joint blue-light operational and training centre with Sussex Police
• a joint blue-light satellite station close to Horsham town centre, with an on-call fire engine and a public-facing front counter for police
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is part of West Sussex County Council. The project is being brought forward as part of the One Public Estate West Sussex programme.
The land on the A24 earmarked for the proposed new station is covenanted for fire service use.
As part of the planning and consultation process West Sussex Fire Authority needs to consult the public about the impact of the relocation on the emergency response. Full consultation on the design of the new facilities will be undertaken later during the formal planning process.
Detailed analysis of the effect of the relocation by the fire service has shown agreed emergency response times will be maintained.
Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, Debbie Kennard said: “I would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the consultation so far. It has been our aspiration to build a new Horsham Fire Station for over a decade. We would like to hear what people think of the proposal and would encourage them to share their views.”
The new station would also become the base for the fire service’s Business Fire Safety team and Technical Rescue Unit.