On Wednesday (26 April), Surrey County Council’s (SCC’s) Cabinet approved initial plans to invest in and redevelop Reigate Fire Station.
SCC is the fire and rescue authority for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. The plans propose a part-demolish and rebuild of the current fire station, located at Wray Park, this includes:
- Improved breathing apparatus facilities
- Community space for engaging with the public
- Improved parking facilities
- Better gym facilities
- Solar panels, green roofs and electric vehicle charging to support the organisation’s greener futures agenda (the service has recently introduced more electric vehicles to their fleet)
- A welfare garden space for employees
- Improved facilities for South East Coast Ambulance Service who co-locate at the site.
- Improved welfare facilities to support the growing diversity of our workforce
Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer, Dan Quin, said: “I am really pleased that Surrey County Council’s Cabinet have agreed to invest more in our buildings. This follows £6.25m funding approval earlier this year for Chobham and Lingfield fire stations, which have also now been consulted on with the local community to ensure their voices are heard.
“These proposals will improve workplaces for us and our colleagues, and in turn then support us to keep our communities safe – which is always our ultimate aim.”
SCC’s Leader, Tim Oliver, added: “It’s great news to be able to support our fantastic fire and rescue service in improving their workplace facilities. This is part of a much wider project we are delivering to ensure our fire and rescue service is fit for the future. Residents will be able to have their say on the proposals later this year and we look forward to hearing their views.”
The build itself is due to commence in Spring 2025 to be completed in in mid-2026 subject to planning permission.
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