First consultation is held over Beccles police and fire station merger

Dave Pederson and Chris Rush with proposed plans for a shared Beccles Fire and Police station on the

Dave Pederson and Chris Rush with proposed plans for a shared Beccles Fire and Police station on the existing Fire station site. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A public consultation has taken place over plans to merge Beccles fire and police stations.

Proposed plans for a shared Beccles Fire and Police station on the existing Fire station site.
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Proposed plans for a shared Beccles Fire and Police station on the existing Fire station site. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Comments taken from the first public viewing of the plans on Tuesday will be taken into account before a planning application is submitted.

Comments taken from the first public viewing of the plans on Tuesday will be taken into account before a planning application is submitted.

The plans would include refurbishing the fire station where both the police and fire units would be based on Ravensmere.

This would include demolishing and rebuilding part of the site.


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Around £800,000 has been put towards the project, over £600,000 of which from government funding.

The police station meanwhile is set to be put up for sale, with money to either help fund the move if extra money is needed, or towards local policing.

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Local resident Michael Cooke said: 'The plans I think are good and make sense but the only concern we have is actually having the opportunity to come in and speak to police officers which is not available.'

Changes in Suffolk policing in recent years have meant the number of stations where people can go and speak to the police have been limited.

Under these plans a phone would be placed outside of the joint station for the public to call over police enquiries.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk's Police Crime Commissioner said: 'Working together is absolutely key to meet the financial challenges that we face. I am pleased with the existing shared stations across the county; it saves money and improves the working of these services.

'The new station will replace our existing station that is too large for our requirements and expensive to maintain.'

Should the move go ahead it would follow the same path of eight other stations in Suffolk.

If plans are approved, construction would begin in autumn and aimed to be completed by spring 2018.

It would also provide space for the community to use for meetings and events.

Dave Pedersen, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service Group Commander said: 'I looked around Beccles for the best site and this seemed to be the best one possible.

'Other than a bit of dust it will not cause any distraction to the fire crews based at the site.'

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