Fire service HQ to move to Portishead from Bristol
PUBLISHED: 13:56 01 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:11 01 August 2016
Avon Fire and Rescue Service will move its headquarters from Bristol to Portishead 'within 12 months'.
The organisation it will relocate and share Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s headquarters in Valley Road.
The idea, as previously reported by the Times, was discussed at a meeting in February and has now been rubber-stamped.
Avon and Fire and Rescue Service’s current headquarters is in Temple Back and it believes the relocation – affecting about 60 staff – will help it save money in the long-term. The organisation needs to find £4.5million each year through budget cuts.
The chairman of Avon Fire Authority, Cllr Peter Abraham, said: “The opportunity to co-locate with the police at Portishead makes sense both financially and because it provides the opportunity for even closer collaboration between the services.
“We will now begin the detailed planning which will see around 60 members of our Support Staff making the move to the new Headquarters. We will take with us experienced and valued members of staff who play a fundamental role in keeping the frontline service going.
“Our site at Temple Back had become increasingly costly to maintain so this is an opportunity to significantly reduce overheads and provide our staff with a modern office that reflects current needs.”
Meanwhile, Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens is ‘delighted’ about the future move.
The fire service will retain an operational base at Temple Back with the building of a new fire station on part of the site.
Construction work on the new Temple Fire Station is underway and is expected to be finished in the autumn.