Old Town Fire Station/Former St John’s Ambulance Station
Behind the St Ives Parish Rooms off St Andrews Street is the old town Fire Station, more recently used as the St John’s Ambulance Station. The building is now vacant and in need of restoration. After consultation with members and the community and in line with the St Ives Neighbourhood Plan, our project for the Old Town Fire Station (Former St John’s Ambulance Station) is to house 7 or 8 arts and craft businesses with spaces at affordable rental rates and access to business support. We have interest from textile workers, musical instrument maker, artists, leatherworker, jewellers and potters.
In 2014, St Ives Community Land Trust approached Cornwall Council to purchase the property and they have been considering this for over 9 years. However, St Ives Community Land Trust was advised in June 2023 that Cornwall Council who owned the premises had handed over the former St John’s Ambulance Station to St Ives Town Council as part of the devolution package along with 45 other buildings throughout the St Ives parish.