Merton council has welcomed plans for a new, enlarged fire station in Mitcham following the submission of an application for Outline Planning Permission from the London Fire Brigade. This follows months of close collaboration between the council and the Fire Brigade as well as a recent meeting between Council Leader, Cllr David Williams, and Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA), Cllr Brian Coleman AM to discuss the proposals.
Mitcham’s existing fire station is too small and no longer fully meets the needs of a modern fire service. As a locally listed building in the middle of the Cricket Green Conservation Area, it would be difficult to provide a larger facility on the current location at Lower Green West.
An extensive search for suitable alternative sites in the area was therefore undertaken in conjunction with council officers. The Funnells Removals site situated at 421 – 445 London Road, Mitcham (south of Mitcham tramstop), has been identified as an appropriate location for a new fire station by LFEPA.
The application submitted earlier this year for Outline Planning Permission for this site shows that the London Fire Brigade’s plans are for the existing buildings to be demolished and replaced with a new three storey fire station. Consultation with key stakeholders and local residents is currently ongoing and has included a public exhibition to enable local people to find out more about what is proposed.
Councillor David Williams, Leader of Merton Council said:
‘This is good news for Mitcham. It is generally accepted that the existing fire station is too small and not fully suitable for modern use by the local fire brigade. A brand new, enlarged fire station on the Funnels Removals site would better cater for the needs of a 21st century fire service as well as enhancing the appearance of the local area.
‘When I met recently with the Chairman of LFEPA, I assured him that Merton council would continue working closely with the London Fire Brigade to help deliver a new, improved fire station for the residents of Mitcham.’