Ramsgate Fire Station
Why do you need a new fire station?
The current Ramsgate
fire station is over 100 years old and was designed for
horse-drawn fire engines.
As a result it really does not meet the needs of the area eg a
modern fire engine does not fit into the station without
adaptations such as a shorter rescue ladder.
Why do you want to build here?
- We need a site that is near to the highest risk areas of
Ramsgate and Newington.
- We also need a site that is close enough to the current station
so we do not lose our experienced on-call firefighters who must be
able to get to the station from home within five minutes to respond
to fires and other emergencies.
- Finally we need a site that has enough width and depth so that
fire engines do not have to reverse in or out of the station.
We have been searching for a suitable site in the town for two
years and have identified the old swimming pool site on Newington
Road as a site that meets our needs. If we didn’t build here
there is a danger that we would have to move outside the town which
would increase the time it takes us to get to fires and other
emergencies. That would also mean our current experienced on-call
firefighters would no longer be able to meet the required five
minute turn out time, and so we could lose them from the
What kind of station would it be?
It would be a whole time fire station which means six to
eight firefighters will be there round the clock. In addition
it would be the base for an fire engine which is crewed by on-call
firefighters when they are needed to attend an incident. There
will also be training on the site for firefighters.
What stage are you at?
We are in discussions with Thanet District Council about the
purchase of the site. We are also talking to their planning
department about our proposals. This would mean local people would
have the chance to put their views forward during the planning
consultation period towards the end of this year.
Will there be more traffic?
- We think there will probably be less traffic since a fire
station would have fewer traffic movements than a swimming pool
with all of its visitors throughout the day and evening. Data over
past years indicates that fire engines are likely to go in and out
of the station to operational incidents less than once a week
during school start and finish times.
- We will be working with highway engineers and planning to
develop a traffic management plan for the station and this may
involve upgrading the existing ‘zebra crossing’ to traffic light
control. These plans operate very successfully at other stations.
The traffic plan will be open for public consultation in the same
way as the planning application.
What about access to Warre Recreation Ground?
Warre Recreation Ground is not part of the site and will not be
Landscaping adjacent to Bridge House
We are hoping to have landscaping adjacent to Bridge House. This
is the quietest side of the station that would house offices and
What about the nearby social club?
The nearby social club is not part of the site and will not be
affected. Access to this will be maintained.
When would the public see the plans and be able to give their
We are working with Thanet District Council planners and hope to
submit a planning application for the site in 2014. We have already
held community safety events in 2013. Local people will be able to
give the council their views and see plans as part of the planning
Information about the construction phase
If purchase and planning permission goes ahead we would work
with the contractor to ensure that there is as little impact on
neighbours as possible during construction, both on the site and on