Council fights to save London fire stations
By poppy_smith | Thursday, January 31, 2013, 20:41
Islington Council is putting its full weight behind the campaign to prevent London fire station closures.
At its meeting on Thursday 24 January, the council agreed a hard-hitting motion condemning the Mayor of London's plans to cut 10% of the London Fire Brigade budget which would close 12 London fire stations including Clerkenwell in Islington.
Islington Council Leader, Councillor Catherine West (Labour) tabled the motion, saying:
"This Council challenges the Mayor's assertion that this scale of cuts is necessary and acceptable. The Council calls on the Mayor to stand up for Londoners and to think again about these draconian cuts to a vital emergency service which we rely on to keep Londoners safe."
Liberal Democrat Leader Councillor Terry Stacy seconded the motion. As a member of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) he has already voted against the proposed cuts. He said:
"Clerkenwell and Dalston Kingsland fire stations provide critical cover for local residents. The Mayor should realise that fire cuts on this scale are unacceptable and provide the Fire Brigade with the budget it needs to do the job. All Islington's councillors are united in their opposition to these fire budget cuts and we will do everything in our power to get these dangerous plans ditched."
The motion resolved that the council will publicly oppose the cuts plan, and will formally object in writing to Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.
The council will now launch an information campaign to ensure that Islington residents and businesses are fully aware of the risks associated with the proposed fire station closures.