Pressure on Boris to stop cuts to Fire Service

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 13.24.59Londonwide Assembly Member Murad Qureshi AM today voted for a motion urging the Mayor of London to fully fund the London Fire Brigade to stop the closure of Westminster and Knightsbridge fire stations with the loss of 3 appliances across the two boroughs. The London Assembly voted to call on Boris to reconsider his proposals to close 10 fire stations and cut 14 fire engines and draw up measures that avoid the need for cuts to the fire service in London.  

Last week the Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) voted down the Mayor of London’s cuts agenda and put forward an amendment that the Mayor should fully fund the London Fire Brigade to keep the current provision of fire stations and engines. The Mayor is seeking advice as to whether he directs LFEPA to implement his cuts and disregard LFEPA’s decision. 

Local Labour Londonwide Assembly Member Murad Qureshi AM said:

“Boris has publicly said that more London Boroughs will meet the six minute average attendance time target, but this is not the case in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. At a local level, 38 wards will now miss the six minute average attendance time target as a result of the proposed cuts, while only 3 wards will move into the target time.

“Over 400,000 Londoners will now sit outside the target response time who previously lived in wards that met that time, while only 30,845 Londoners are now inside the target that previously were not.

“The Mayor must reconsider his position, drop his plans to close Westminster and Knightsbridge fire stations and fully fund the London Fire Brigade. We have seen an unprecedented level of engagement and response against Boris’s cuts to the London Fire Brigade. If he wants to, let the Mayor play with the fire but we are not prepared to sign up for this reckless plan.”

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Notes

  1. Murad Qureshi AM is a Labour London wide Assembly Member.
  2. London Fire Brigade Cuts Motion, 24 July 2013:

Motion in the name of Fiona Twycross AM seconded by Valerie Shawcross AM:

This Assembly condemns the financial constraints being imposed on the London Fire Brigade by the Mayor that led to proposals to close fire stations and cut fire engines.

This Assembly therefore supports the decision by the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority to reject the proposed cuts to the London Fire Brigade.  These cuts were rejected by:

  • Over 1,300 Londoners who attended the 24 meetings
  • The 21,770 Londoners who signed 13 petitions opposing the plans
  • And 94% of the online consultation responses received by the London Fire Brigade

We call on the Mayor to provide the necessary funding to enable the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority to maintain the front line response service that the population of this city demand.

Photo: Creative Commons License from Flickr – Exercise Forward Defensive 2012 (15) by kenjonbro, Taken on February 22, 2012

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