London Assembly members on the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) voted against Boris Johnson’s fire service cuts. Despite the Fire Authority voting against the cuts, Boris Johnson issued a directive to overrule this. In this round of cuts, he wants to get rid of 12 fire stations, 18 fire engines and 520 fire fighters across the capital.
The implications are serious – it will take longer for a fire engine to reach Londoners when they need one. London’s fire chief has said the cuts are driven by financial considerations but the comments and the hostility that I have witnessed at a recent consultation meeting within my constituency, in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, I know that Londoners think their safety and security should come first.
The Mayor also tried to stop the Fire Authority consulting the public through public meetings for each Borough, but LFEPA members are going ahead with meetings despite his wishes. These proposals were not in the Mayor’s manifesto so he must not be allowed to sneak these cuts through, that why I’m calling on you to have your say.
Information on the consultation, where the meetings will be held and an online consultation form is available via the following link: click here to have your say on the fire cuts http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/lsp5.asp
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