Council unveils plans to refurbish former fire station

Burwell's old fire station is set for an overhaul.

Burwell's old fire station is set for an overhaul. - Credit: Archant

Burwell’s derelict fire station is set to be refurbished and given a new life as business premises, according to plans entered this week.

Cambridgeshire County Council wants to overhaul the site and make it available for business, storage and distribution use.

The county council has applied to East Cambridgeshire District Council for planning permission for the site, in Reach Road.

Firefighters formerly based at the Reach Road site have been relocated to a new, purpose-build fire station elsewhere in the village.

Burwell’s new fire station was officially opened in November last year and is located a short distance from the former Reach Road station.

The project cost Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service £1million and came as a result of an agreement between the service and Cambridgeshire County Council.

Under the making assets count programme, the county council agreed to swap its stake in the land, which served as a council depot, for the fire service’s stake in the Reach Road station.

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The former fire station building will be refurbished for business use to help offset the land made available for the new station and to create jobs.

A decision on the plans is expected within the next eight weeks. To view the plans, or to have a say, visit www.eastcambs,