At today’s (Wednesday) Mayor’s Question Time Boris Johnson was challenged over new figures that reveal Westminster will see 68,228 people will now fall out of the target response time for the first fire engine to arrive at an incident. The new analysis also shows that 49,116 people will also have increased attendance times for the second fire engine.
The Mayor is still pushing ahead to close 10 other fire stations including Westminster and Knightsbridge, cut 14 fire engines and 552 firefighters to pay for his 1penny a day council tax cut.
The target response time for the first engine is 6minutes and the target for the second appliance is 8minutes. In the following wards in Westminster this is set increase for the first fire engine response time, moving them outside of the targets:
- Vincent Square will increase by 2 minutes 17 seconds
- Tachbrook will increase by 2 minutes 3 seconds
- Warwick will increase by 2 minutes 39 seconds
- Churchill will increase by 1 minute 14 seconds
- Abbey Road will increase by 38 seconds
- Knightsbridge and Belgravia will increase by 1 minute 52 seconds
- West End will increase by 32 seconds
Local Labour London Assembly Member Murad Qureshi said:
“Boris Johnson’s cuts to the London Fire Brigade is going to see winners and losers and for 68,228 residents of Westminster they are going to be worse off. How is this fair? The public meeting in Westminster showed residents are fearful of the impact on safety cuts will have to where they live and work.
“I fully support local residents who are challenging the Mayor’s reckless plans. Let’s hope he listens to our pleas on behalf of Londoners.
“Nearly half of Londoners will fall outside the key six minute response time for the first fire engine to arrive. Boris is intent on pushing through his reckless plans to close ten other fire stations and cut 14 fire engines. He needs to listen to Londoners and drop his proposals. 94% of people who responded to the public consultation said they did not want these cuts and over 22,000 people have signed petitions against these cuts.”
- Murad Qureshi is a London Assembly Member.
- The attached tables show details of the wards that are currently within the target time of 6mins for the arrival of the first fire appliance but which, under the new proposals, will see their response time go above the 6min target time as well as wards that are currently within the target time of 8mins for the arrival of the second fire appliance but will see their response time go above 8mins under the new proposals.