London’s Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) has voted against proposals for the closure of ten fire stations, the loss of fourteen fire engines and of 552 firefighter jobs.
Assembly member Darren Johnson commented:
The fire authority’s decision today to reject this completely unnecessary fire cuts package sends a clear message to the Mayor of London – re-assess your budget priorities and halt these dangerous proposals now.
Through the public consultation, Londoners made it very clear that, rather than getting a trifling 7p-per-week council tax cut, they want their life-saving public services to remain intact. Government cuts are harsh but the Mayor is making a bad situation worse by insisting on council tax cuts too.
If these closures go ahead more than half of London’s households will fall outside target response times and that is a scenario both Londoners and the fire authority reject totally.