Former fire station at Westwood to go to auction for second time

Site of the former Thanet Fire Station

The former fire station site at Westwood is to go under the hammer at auction for a second time.

The site was first offered by Clive Emson auctioneers at a sale in September but is now relisted for an auction next month.

The plot covers 1.69 acres (0.68 hectares) and is at 477 Margate Road. Auctioneers say now the buildings have been cleared it is possible that the site could be developed as long as all necessary consents are obtainable.

It will be offered with a guide price of £700-£710,000, which is £100,000 less than the guide price in September.

The station before it was pulled down Photo Frank Leppard

Auctioneer John Stockey said: “This substantial site also includes a telecommunications mast.

“There is a decommissioned underground fuel tank and there might be the possibility that a new relief road could be put through the site.

“The land is mostly covered in hard-standing and might be developed in various ways as long as all necessary consents are obtainable.

“It is among a number of excellent lots from Thanet and with its favourable situation and potential we anticipate a lot of interest from builders and developers.”

Photo Frank Leppard

It is understood that a Kent County Council Highways proposal exists for the possibility of a new relief road to run through the site which will necessitate the need for an area of land to be purchased by the Highways Authority. The proposal has not been formerly adopted as a definite scheme to be completed.

Photo Frank Leppard

Following demolition of the former buildings there remains on site an underground 4,532 litre diesel fuel tank which has been decommissioned and filled with foam.

The Thanet Fire Station began its closure process in 2011 when crew members relocated to Margate and Ramsgate.

Clive Emson Auctioneers holds its latest sale on November 2.


  1. Am superised the old sainsbury site has not gone under the hammer all that wasted space. They could put a swimming pool there.

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