Demolition work to start at Southwold fire station

15:52 08 January 2014

Southwold Fire Station will be demolished.  Picture: Nick Butcher

Southwold Fire Station will be demolished. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Demolition work will begin at Southwold’s disused fire station on Monday.

The town’s retained firefighters moved from their former home in Station Road to a new, purpose-built base in Fountain Way, Reydon in October.

Demolition of the old building should take about two weeks and the aim is to leave the site empty by February.

The plot is currently valued at £657,000 and the proceeds from the sale will go towards the costs of the new fire station.

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said the authority’s investment in the new Reydon and Southwold community fire station had resulted in “real, tangible improvements, including technological enhancements and an advanced fire sprinkler system, which is the first of its kind in a Suffolk fire station and one of only a very small number in the UK”.

The new station also includes improved disabled access, better welfare facilities for female and male firefighters and a community room.

Councillor Colin Spence, cabinet member for public protection, said: “The demolition of the Southwold community fire station will provide Suffolk County Council a stepping stone in acquiring the funding needed for the new station in Reydon.

“The new station has proven to be a major success in its short existence and stands out in our bid to improve front line fire services in Suffolk.”

Southwold has been served by a fire station for nearly 130 years and there has been a base on the Station Road site since 1965.

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