Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

June 17, 2010 06:34 ET

Radlett's Des Res: Fire Station, One Careful Owner

LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - June 17, 2010) - To the estate agent, it's just another desirable property. "Prominent Main Road Frontage, suitable for a variety of uses, Radlett Town Centre and mainline railway station both within 200m" says the agent's brochure.

"Radlett" it adds "is a vibrant town with a wide range of shops and eating establishments... Road connections are excellent as is the rail service..."

There's just one problem. This property is the only fire station Radlett has. Without it, firefighters take longer to reach fires and other emergencies in the town and surrounding areas, and that puts lives in danger.

The fire station was closed in 2006 as part of a council cost-cutting exercise, even though it attended 300 calls a year. Immediately an active campaign group sprang up which demands either the reinstatement of the fire station or that the site is used for a community safety centre, incorporating fire, police and ambulance services.

The group, supported by the Fire Brigades Union, accuses Hertfordshire County Council of bad faith. The council had agreed that if the community wanted to keep its fire station, they would have to pay for it. The funding was secured from the community by the action group, but the politicians reneged on the deal and put the station up for sale.

The site was gifted to the people of Radlett by Charles T Part and both the original horse-drawn fire engine and the first motorised Dennis fire engine were funded by local contributions over 100 years ago.

"We believe that it is morally unjustifiable that Hertfordshire County Council should now look to profit from the sale of such a valuable historic amenity in which so much community funding and effort has been invested" says the Fire Brigades Union's Hertfordshire Secretary, Tony Smith.

He added "The people of Radlett are looking to their politicians to start fulfilling their election promises. This building is and always has been a community asset and that's how it should remain".

Contact Information

  • Tony Smith
    07967 715 143