Fire station set for £700,000 revamp

Cupar Fire Station.
Cupar Fire Station.

Cupar’s fire station is set for a major upgrade costing up to £700,000.

Fife Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it is planning to extend and refurbish the building in Millgate.

FFRS technical services group manager Brian Delorey said proposals were at a very early stage with drawings requiring the approval of Fife Council’s planning authority before any changes begin.

Confirming the work could cost between £600,000 and £700,000, he said plans include adding two extensions on either side of the building to accommodate a new community-use facility.

The refurbishment includes upgraded lecture facilities, showers and lockers, as well as female changing facilities and improved disabled access.

ASBESTOS

The building, which officially opened in August 1978, also contains asbestos so any work on it would begin with its removal.

Mr Delorey said any impact on the public and those living near the fire station would be minimal.

The asbestos removal is expected to take up to four weeks while the refurbishment itself is likely to take up to nine months.

During that time the station’s 20 retained firefighters and two appliances would be re-located elsewhere in central Cupar.

Mr Delorey said several locations were being looked at including the police station in Carslogie Road but no decision had been made yet.

Another location being considered is Prestonhall trading estate where Fife Council has premises but Mr Delorey said it is unlikley to be used as it may not be central enough given that firefighters are expected to take just six-seven minutes to reach the station.

OPTIONS

The re-development of Cupar’s town centre road network, which begins in August, also has to be factored in to their temporary relocation choice.

“We will be looking at the options available to us but we need somewhere central with garage space plus changing facilites etc.,” said Mr Delorey.

“We haven’t discounted anywhere yet.”

The money for the refurbishmetn is coming from Fife Council’s capital budget following a meeting which identified that Cupar fire station was in need of significant upgrading.