Work starts on fire station

A FIRE chief said Needham Market is today enjoying a red letter day as work demolishing its 40-year-old station gets under way.

A FIRE chief said Needham Market is today enjoying a red letter day as work demolishing its 40-year-old station gets under way.

Work has started on demolishing Needham Market Fire Station as the town prepares for a new £1.3 million building which will be home to modern facilities for technical training.

The new facility will be on the same site of the existing headquarters in Barking Road and will be operational by July next year.

Gary Phillips, assistant chief fire officer, said: “This is great news. The old fire station is at least 30 years old, maybe 40, and this will provide us with a modern, fit for purpose building replacing the outdated facilities we have at the moment.

“This will be great for both the fire crews and the community. Residents hold their fire crews in high esteem and will be really pleased that Suffolk County Council is investing in their local community. This is a key day for the town.”

Work dismantling the old building, funded by central Government, will proceed carefully in the coming weeks and residents will notice the property gradually disappearing before their eyes as it is taken down piece by piece as the authority reduces dust and minimize disruption to residents.

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Needham Market has one retained fire crew which will temporarily operate from an industrial estate on Maitland Road while the work is undertaken, allowing crews to continue serving the community as normal.