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£40million Mildenhall Hub still on track despite Suffolk fire service pulling out of project

PUBLISHED: 11:16 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:16 16 June 2017

Sheldrick Way in Mildenhall. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Sheldrick Way in Mildenhall. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

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Public pressure has led to the fire service backtracking on plans to relocate a fire station to the Mildenhall Hub development.

The launch of the Mildenhall Hub. Picture: ARCHANTThe launch of the Mildenhall Hub. Picture: ARCHANT

Concerns over the move to the new site made Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service rethink the move, but both Suffolk County and Forest Heath District councils have stated the £38million pound public services hub will still go ahead.

A planning application for the hub, off Sheldrick Way, has been submitted. The councils hope to bring together NHS services, police, school, council offices, a new leisure centre and more all on to one site.

County council leader Colin Noble said: “Suffolk County Council is committed to the Mildenhall Hub which, if approved, will deliver a school and library services as well as a host of facilities and joined up services for the benefit of our communities. In testament to the value I place in engaging our communities when major development is planned, we wanted to get the views of local people on the fire station at the Mildenhall Hub.

“We fully support the development of the hub and the principle of sharing estates with partner organisations, however, we have reflected on all the points and concerns raised during these meetings and decided that the fire station will remain at the current site on North Terrace.”

Concertus plans for Mildenhall Hub. Picture: CONCERTUSConcertus plans for Mildenhall Hub. Picture: CONCERTUS

The council said the move was considered against the current interests of the fire service in Mildenhall, but have not ruled a future move to the hub or elsewhere.

Forest Heath leader James Waters said: “In terms of Mildenhall Hub, this changes very little. I fully respect the concerns that have been raised by members of the local community about the proposed relocation of the fire station, and the decision...to pull the fire station from the hub scheme.

“The fire service represented just 2% of the floor space. We fully expect the Mildenhall Hub to deliver a new school for Mildenhall College Academy, a new leisure facility, larger swimming pool, a health centre, offices for police, Job Centre, library, Citizen’s Advice Bureau and council buildings.”

• You can comment on the planning application by visiting planning.westsuffolk.gov.uk/online-applications/ and searching for Mildenhall Hub.

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