East Sussex’s fire service are in talks to move Lewes fire station to the former NHS and ambulance site.
Since the existing station is within the area set to be redeveloped as part of the North Street Quarter scheme, Lewes District Council is keen to see a new site so the proposals can go ahead.
The fire station site falls within phase two of the scheme and these works are expected to start towards the end of 2017.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s preferred location is the former NHS and South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) site at Springman House, on the corner of North Street and Lancaster Street.
An East Sussex Fire Authority report discussed by county councillors on Tuesday (July 12) said: “Lewes District Council has authorised officers to negotiate and complete the purchase of the Springman House site from the NHS and SECAmb, for either its own use or to support the relocation of the fire station in Lewes.
“The Fire Authority has agreed to issue a letter of intent to Lewes District Council, and has approved in principle a draft Memorandum of Agreement (subject to contract), together with a schedule of accommodation outlining the baseline requirements for a replacement site.”
Plans for the North Street Quarter have proved hugely controversial in the town, with thousands objecting to the joint proposals put forward by developer Santon and Lewes District Council.
The scheme, approved late last year, includes 416 new homes, 140,000 sq ft of workspace, new riverside walkways, including a foot and cycle bridge across the river, as well as a health centre and undercroft car park.
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