No Threat Yet To Chiswick Fire Station
But Acton on leaked list of 17 stations which may close
Chiswick Fire Station appears to have so far escaped the threatened cutbacks which could see several London stations closed down in a bid to save £65 million. However, the Fire Brigades Union say seventeen stations, including Acton, could be closed in the next two years.
The list of threatened stations was at the centre of a political row this morning at Mayor's Question Time when Labour assembly member Andrew Dinsmore revealed the existence of the document.
The leaked list of 17 stations was later released on twitter by LBC radio presenter James O'Brien: They included Acton, Belsize, Bow, Clapham, Clerkenwell, Downham, Islington, Kensington, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, New Cross, Peckham, Silvertown, Southwark, Westminster, Whitechapel and Woolwich.
Paul Embery, the FBU's regional secretary for London said: ''These proposals present the biggest threat to the London Fire Brigade since the days of the Luftwaffe and would lead to the decimation of fire cover in London.
"Such a huge cut cannot be made without there being an impact on public safety, and we call on Londoners to join with us in defending our fire service.''
Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, and member of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) said:
“These proposals for fire station closures and the removal of fire engines flow directly from the budget cuts that Boris Johnson is forcing upon the London Fire Brigade. We should not forget that he recklessly set the level of cuts for the next two years without taking any advice from senior fire officers as to the consequences.”
“Boris Johnson should realise that fire cuts on this scale will be unacceptable to Londoners and provide the brigade with the budget it needs to do the job.”
Ealing Central and Acton Conservative MP, Angie Bray, said:
"I am not aware that the Mayor of London has announced any plans to close any London fire stations. However, were he to do so, there would still need to be a full Operational Review before any decisions could be taken. In the event of such a review taking place, it would be of paramount importance to ensure that there would be no loss of operational coverage."
It's thought the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority will discuss the plans next month.
October 17, 2012