Application in for new Hereford fire station

Bath Street council offices to be demolished for new fire station

Bath Street council offices to be demolished for new fire station

First published in News Ledbury Reporter: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A PLANNING application that sees an historic Hereford site torn down to make way for a new fire station has been submitted this week.

 The application asks for a full demolition of the city’s former working boys  home in Bath Street.

Proposed in its place is a “new fire station and training facility”.

Heritage campaigners fought to save the working boys home earlier this year.

English Heritage, however, rejected an application to list the site.

 For years the site has been used as offices by various local authorities with Herefordshire Council the most recent occupier.

The council signed off a deal with Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service that the Bath Street site “swapped” for the site of the city’s present fire station.

A final challenge to the swap deal is expected to come to full council later this month.

That challenge will test the council’s assessment of other options - including the potential for a joint emergency services centre – ahead of the swap deal being agreed.

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2:46pm Wed 3 Sep 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

The 'training facility' comprises an open steel frame building 4 storeys high, with an open pitched roof, which presumably from time to time will be covered in smoke with the odd burning car and half a dozen engines spraying foam and water everywhere. All well and good in the right place - but this backs onto the gardens of homes in Lloyd Street and Central Avenue - it's totally in the wrong place! As for the Station itself - imagine how bad something designed by an estate agent might look - welcome to Hereford Fire Station - designed by a 'real estate agent'. Here we can do things on the cheap and nasty (except probably not so cheap).
The 'training facility' comprises an open steel frame building 4 storeys high, with an open pitched roof, which presumably from time to time will be covered in smoke with the odd burning car and half a dozen engines spraying foam and water everywhere. All well and good in the right place - but this backs onto the gardens of homes in Lloyd Street and Central Avenue - it's totally in the wrong place! As for the Station itself - imagine how bad something designed by an estate agent might look - welcome to Hereford Fire Station - designed by a 'real estate agent'. Here we can do things on the cheap and nasty (except probably not so cheap). TwoWheelsGood
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6:05pm Wed 3 Sep 14

megilleland says...

It won't be cheap they are spending rate payers' money.
It won't be cheap they are spending rate payers' money. megilleland
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6:13pm Wed 3 Sep 14

megilleland says...

In The Guardian today:

Emergency services 'will have to be integrated', warns Theresa May

"Home secretary also talks of urgent need to combat new trends in crime, such as remote car theft and smartphone theft

The need for further spending cuts will necessitate the future integration of the police, fire and ambulance emergency services and the widespread use of body-worn cameras and smartphone apps by officers to save time, the home secretary, Theresa May, has forecast".

In view of the above statement, to move the fire station to Bath Street may be a little premature?
In The Guardian today: Emergency services 'will have to be integrated', warns Theresa May "Home secretary also talks of urgent need to combat new trends in crime, such as remote car theft and smartphone theft The need for further spending cuts will necessitate the future integration of the police, fire and ambulance emergency services and the widespread use of body-worn cameras and smartphone apps by officers to save time, the home secretary, Theresa May, has forecast". In view of the above statement, to move the fire station to Bath Street may be a little premature? megilleland
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12:58pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

All is needed in Hereford is a large garage for the vehicles as training facility's are at other locations, or is it that when they cut Hereford to one full time crew they cannot risk sending them away from the City to train.
I realise that the Fire Authority and our Cabinet have made a deal so that more houses can be put on the old site but to move to this site is wrong.
Perhaps they could have waited for the new City link road to be built then they could share with the police who want to move to there Wessex site.
While I am at it why do we need twenty odd Councillors from Hereford & Worcester to meet several times a year to agree what the Chief Fire Officer says at a cost of £50,000.
All is needed in Hereford is a large garage for the vehicles as training facility's are at other locations, or is it that when they cut Hereford to one full time crew they cannot risk sending them away from the City to train. I realise that the Fire Authority and our Cabinet have made a deal so that more houses can be put on the old site but to move to this site is wrong. Perhaps they could have waited for the new City link road to be built then they could share with the police who want to move to there Wessex site. While I am at it why do we need twenty odd Councillors from Hereford & Worcester to meet several times a year to agree what the Chief Fire Officer says at a cost of £50,000. Mr.Herefordian
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