Norwood Fire Station Visit

Picture of Councillors at fire Station

Knights Hill councillors welcomed to Norwood Road fire station

The fire station at 445 Norwood Road opened in 1914 an age when fireman lived with their families in flats above the engines. The site is fully operational but is now too  small for most up to date fire engines . There is no  space for  engines to turn around so they have to reverse in from the main road. The offices and spaces for cleaning equipment  and rest rooms are too small and inadequate for a 21st century fire service. In 2006  the building was listed by English Heritage so  the options for adapting the building into a modern fire station are extremely limited

Fire chiefs invited local councillors, Jackie Meldrum, Jane Pickard and Mike Smith to discuss the plans to upgrade West Norwood’s fire service. The Fire Brigade want to build new 2-storey premises halfway up Knights Hill on the site of a derelict care home.

Residents in the local neighbourhood have been invited to see the plans. On Saturday 19th June the plans will be displayed at West Norwood Library, 1 Norwood High Street  SE27 9JX. Fire Brigade staff will be present to answer questions. A planning application should be submitted in a few weeks time.

Cllr Pickard said: “On the whole, this looks like good news for residents. West Norwood gets a modern fire station . 210 Knights Hill will not be turned into  high-rise housing and the local drainage problems will finally get sorted. But first we must make sure any concerns among residents are fully addressed.”

For more information contact Andres Monsalve  on 020 8555 1200 x 31293 or andres.monsalves@london-fire.gov.uk

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Norwood Fire Station Visit

  1. Peter Griffiths

    Hey what a great idea its about time something was done about West Norwood Firestation,
    i take it that the proposed site is next to BIG YELLOW is that a big enough plot

    • Joe Cawley

      The proposed site is not next to the Big Yellow (that would make sense!) it is actually futher up Knight’s Hill at 210, the site previously occupied by a nursing home. It is surrounded on all 4 sides by residential properties, Locating a 24 hour Fire Sation in this wholly residentail part of Knight’s Hill is madness, especially when there is an empty light industrial site further down the Hill, which is surrounded on 3 sides by other light Industrial sites. I can only assume London Fire Brigade are getting the site at 210 cheap and are chancing their arm to try and get change of use. I can’t believe it is getting the backing of Local Councillors.

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