Herefordshire Council ready to defer a decision on the future for its Bath Street offices in Hereford

Ledbury Reporter: The decision is expected to be deferred. The decision is expected to be deferred.

HEREFORDSHIRE Council is ready to put off a decision on offering its Bath Street offices as the site for a new Hereford Fire Station.

The Hereford Times has learned that  decision due at cabinet member level next week is now expected to be taken next month at the earliest.

Confirmation of that deferral is expected out of Brockington later this week.

But the council has said that it would be looking to sell the site on the open market  if the fire station proposal falls through.

 

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) today re-affirmed its commitment to the deal saying a new station is a necessity with the Bath Street offices being an “excellent geographical location”.

The council facing a vociferous - and growing – opposition to its plan for the site.

 

Heritage campaigners, in particular,  make a preservation case for the offices as city’s former working boys home, despite English Heritage turning down a listing application.

Other concerns question the need for a new fire station and the suitability of Bath Street  for that station.

 

HWFRS has already approved a proposal to replace the present station which it says is in “very poor condition” and no longer fit for purpose as a huge maintenance liability that needs more than £1m to bring up to a reasonable standard.

The service case is that it is not economical to repair and upgrade the current building and site and a new purpose built, modern facility will be more energy efficient, providing better value for the taxpayer in the long term.

 

Bath Street met a need for a new station to be on a “large site in a key location in Hereford city” HWFRS said.

The service says a number of sites have been examined and rejected as unacceptable for a variety of reasons.

Bath Street, however, suited the services needs in terms of space available and is an “excellent geographical location” for emergency response.

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3:02pm Mon 17 Mar 14

AylestoneVoice says...

And so they should. To dispose of this site to the fire brigade is not good sense. A fire station could go in any number of locations (ESG for example) and this is just an easy option for the Council to get rid of something they don't need. The site would bring much greater benefit if sold for housing or some other commercial use. Its a conservation area - how on earth, given their track record, could we expect the fire brigade to come up with a design that would enhance the area!!
Apparently the Council would get the current fire station as part of the deal. What are the officers the cabinet who advise on these things thinking. We sell/swap a good site for a very poor one.
Time to think again.
And so they should. To dispose of this site to the fire brigade is not good sense. A fire station could go in any number of locations (ESG for example) and this is just an easy option for the Council to get rid of something they don't need. The site would bring much greater benefit if sold for housing or some other commercial use. Its a conservation area - how on earth, given their track record, could we expect the fire brigade to come up with a design that would enhance the area!! Apparently the Council would get the current fire station as part of the deal. What are the officers the cabinet who advise on these things thinking. We sell/swap a good site for a very poor one. Time to think again. AylestoneVoice
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4:39pm Mon 17 Mar 14

dippyhippy says...

Well said!
The idea of swapping a piece of land, for one virtually half the size, makes no financial sense...add in demolishing the beautiful Old Working Boys Home, and this idea makes no sense whatsoever.
How can we allow yet another important decision be made behind closed doors?
Why should this decision be made by three people who don't even live in Hereford?
If you have an opinion on this, then please join us, over at Hereford Voice,
where this subject is currently being discussed.
Well said! The idea of swapping a piece of land, for one virtually half the size, makes no financial sense...add in demolishing the beautiful Old Working Boys Home, and this idea makes no sense whatsoever. How can we allow yet another important decision be made behind closed doors? Why should this decision be made by three people who don't even live in Hereford? If you have an opinion on this, then please join us, over at Hereford Voice, where this subject is currently being discussed. dippyhippy
  • Score: 5

7:09am Tue 18 Mar 14

Grid Knocker says...

This is absolutely excellent news! It would seem that either the counsel of common sense has prevailed inside the Plough Lane Lubyanka, or the cabinet have all been secretly peeking at the comments posted on Heeeford Voice.

While I'm on my feet, may I raise the matter of alternative sites for building a new fire station (that's if the present one is as clapped out as the local firefighters claim). Everyone agrees that Bath Street is a ludicrous place to put a fire station, so why doesn't the Board of the thrusting new Skylon Business Park offer the Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority one of its many sites?
With access to the (heavily underused) Rotherwas Relief Road, it surely wouldn't be that far out of the way for attending emergencies?
This is absolutely excellent news! It would seem that either the counsel of common sense has prevailed inside the Plough Lane Lubyanka, or the cabinet have all been secretly peeking at the comments posted on Heeeford Voice. While I'm on my feet, may I raise the matter of alternative sites for building a new fire station (that's if the present one is as clapped out as the local firefighters claim). Everyone agrees that Bath Street is a ludicrous place to put a fire station, so why doesn't the Board of the thrusting new Skylon Business Park offer the Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority one of its many sites? With access to the (heavily underused) Rotherwas Relief Road, it surely wouldn't be that far out of the way for attending emergencies? Grid Knocker
  • Score: 2

9:10am Tue 18 Mar 14

redyoll says...

A fire station placed at Rotherwas would be very well placed it is not exactly over subscribed. Remember where the Ambulances used to come from and they managed to cover all emergencies.
A fire station placed at Rotherwas would be very well placed it is not exactly over subscribed. Remember where the Ambulances used to come from and they managed to cover all emergencies. redyoll
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