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Plan for emergency teams to share new Brixham site

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

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THREE of the emergency services are considering a move to a new, shared headquarters in Brixham.

The fire service, ambulance service and coastguard could all operate from a new 'blue light facility' at the current fire station site in Bolton Street.

Torbay councillor Vic Ellery, who is a member of the fire authority, shared the news at the Brixham annual parish meeting at Brixham College on Thursday evening. He said there was a 'good chance' of creating the facility and a 'really positive' meeting had been held between the parties.

Cllr Ellery said the current fire station was condemned around eight years ago as it breaches European legislation — stations must have a forecourt and not open on to a main road for visibility reasons — and the building is prone to flooding. The firefighters use higher, temporary cabins at the back of the site.

He said: "The fire authority has applied for a government grant.

"We'll look at a new station in Bolton Street with the facilities being shared. Hopefully the three services will accept a plan to revamp Brixham fire station.

"It will assist the coastguard auxiliary team as the coastguard station is closing in November and they still haven't got anywhere to put their equipment or vehicles.

"It will probably mean we'll have to find temporary accommodation for them while we're building the facility. The ambulance service is considering moving as well. They can easily get to anywhere they need to get to from Bolton Street."

The ambulance service is currently based at Brixham Hospital and a move to Bolton Street would free up land when St Kilda's residential home moves to the hospital site.

Cllr Ellery said another meeting about the shared facility would take place in the near future.

A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency told the Herald Express: "The possibility of sharing a site in Bolton Street is one of several options we are currently exploring. No final decision has yet been made."

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  • Tauntonhobbit  |  May 29 2014, 4:54PM

    Could put them in the Town Centre now Tesco don't want the land....multi-story on top, sorted.... (s'probably too simple)