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Council axes plans to close fire stations

Lazonby Fire Station Credit: ITV Border

Controversial plans to close five fire stations across Cumbria have been scrapped following a council u-turn.

Cumbria County Council had proposed to axe fire stations at Arnside, Lazonby, Frizington, Staveley and Walney to save around £375,000 a year.

But at a cabinet meeting this morning councillors decided not to press ahead with the plan and will no longer be recommending implementing closures.

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Councillors to outline plans to cut millions of pounds from council budget

Cumbria County Council offices Credit: ITV Border

Councillors are this due to outline this morning how they plan to cut millions of pounds from public services in Cumbria.

Cumbria County Council's cabinet is meeting to recommend a budget that will save the authority £37m in the next financial year.

Cabinet's recommendations will be presented to full council for final approval later this month.

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