New firefighter cottages opened at West Hampstead station
New accommodation for firefighters at West Hampstead Fire Station has been opened by Labour London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden Andrew Dismore. Mr Dismore, who is also chair of the London Assembly Fire Resilience and Emergency Planning Committee (FREP) has campaigned for the previously disused row of cottages to be converted back into housing as affordable homes for fire brigade staff.
Mr Dismore said:
‘I am delighted that my last public function after 39 years in political life is to help deliver affordable housing for firefighters and Brigade staff. Firefighters have long been close to my heart, having served as the solicitor for the Fire Brigades Union for many years and chaired the FBU support group in Parliament. During my time chairing the FREP committee I have visited many fire stations and spoken to many firefighters across London, and many of them tell me that the lack of affordable housing in London is a huge barrier to them, so I am pleased that the vital contribution of these key workers is being recognised by investing in affordable accommodation.’
Sue Budden, Director of Corporate Services at London Fire Brigade, said:
‘The refurbished cottages meet on our aspiration to support Brigade staff who are facing a shortage of affordable accommodation. Applicants from lower ranks or grades who commute the greatest distances to work will be given priority. Andrew has played a key role in ensuring the cottages were delivered, and with his long-term and dedicated support for firefighters and London Fire Brigade’s work, we were delighted that he agreed to open them.’
- Andrew Dismore is the Labour London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden