Plans to build a new fire station in Havering have taken a major step forward following the purchase of three units at the Falcon Business Centre on the Harold Hill Industrial Estate in Romford.
The units have been bought by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), which runs the London Fire Brigade. Planning permission for the new fire station has already been given the go ahead by Havering Council and work is expected to begin in 2008 to transform the site into a “21st century fire station.”
Val Shawcross, Chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, described the site as “an excellent location from an operational perspective and will help to further improve response times and the level of fire cover in London and the local area.”
Local London Assembly Roger Evans welcomed the latest developments telling MayorWatch: “I am very pleased that the project is to go ahead as currently Havering has the worst attendance times in London. This has been the case since the Mayor upheld a decision to remove a fire engine from Hornchurch fire station in 2000.”
“The new fire station will replace the lost cover in a more accessible location close to the A12 and the A127. By building adjacent to a new police facility, an opportunity to share services and work together is also created.”