Horsham Fire Station relocation

Closed 19 Sep 2018

Opened 8 Aug 2018

Feedback Updated 12 Apr 2019

We Asked

West Sussex County Council is bringing forward proposals on behalf of the One Public Estate (OPE) West Sussex partnership to relocate Horsham Fire Station to a site on the A24 at Highwood.

This project will also deliver a blue-light satellite station close to Horsham town centre to provide facilities for an on-call fire engine and potentially facilities for South East Coast Ambulance Service.

In autumn 2018, the service undertook a public consultation encouraging comments and suggestions on the proposed relocation and any other issues which respondents considered should be taken into account.

You Said

A total of 169 responses were received in the public consultation.

The majority of responses received – 113 – were from people who identified themselves as Horsham residents or who worked in the town. In addition five comments were received from people who said they worked for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

  • The majority of respondents – 102 – welcomed the fire station relocation noting it will provide modern facilities and the location close to the A24 was a good move.
  • Of the negative comments – 36 – primary concerns centred around the noise and traffic levels, questioning the need to move the current station and impact on neighbours.
  • Of those who said they were neutral/not sure – some respondents said they required more information to be able to come to a judgement, location and questioned the need to move.

 

We Did

Having considered the feedback from the consultation, a decision was agreed to allocate capital to this project to progress through detailed design to Planning.

A full business case will be brought through WSCC governance for the majority of the funding at the end of this phase, once the design is fixed and greater cost certainty established.

For more information on this project and other OPE projects see https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/about-the-council/how-the-council-works/partnership-work/transforming-public-buildings-and-land-one-public-estate/#projects.

 

Overview

West Sussex County Council is bringing forward proposals on behalf of the One Public Estate (OPE) West Sussex partnership to relocate Horsham Fire Station to a site on the A24 at Highwood.

The proposed new centre will incorporate a new joint blue-light centre with Sussex Police.

This project will also deliver a joint blue-light satellite station close to Horsham town centre to provide facilities for an on-call fire engine and a public-facing front counter for Sussex Police, and potentially facilities for South East Coast Ambulance Service.

We have undertaken detailed analysis of the effect of the move on our emergency response times. This analysis has shown that we will still maintain our agreed emergency response standard for the Horsham area and the provision of the satellite facility will allow our current on-call unit to continue to serve Horsham. There will of course be areas where the response time is predicted to be longer than it currently is but conversely other areas will see a decrease in those times.

The OPE West Sussex Programme has allowed us to move ahead with this now.

You will find more information on the OPE West Sussex programme at www.westsussex.gov.uk and search for ‘OPE’.

We want to hear your views on these proposals.

Please note: A leaflet with more details about the proposals is provided below to enable you to provide your answers and comments.

Why We Are Consulting

It is a statutory requirement that we consult on any proposal to relocate a fire station as this will change the predicted response times for some areas.

Your opinions are important to us and can influence how we take any proposal forward. The consultation period is open until 19 September 2018.

If you require this survey in an alternative format, please contact us on 01243 777100, email us at yourfireservice@westsussex.gov.uk or via NGT Text Relay 18001 01243 777100.

 

What Happens Next

Following this consultation we will consider all the responses and our next steps. If we progress with this proposal we will undertake a detailed feasibility study later in the year.

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