by Nigel Bakhai on 14 May, 2013
The London Fire Brigade is consulting residents over the Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s plans to make £45.4m in cuts to the service over the next two years. The plans will mean that 12 stations will close across the capital, including at Westminster and Knightsbridge. A further 7 stations including Hayes that currently have two fire engines will lose one engine. The Mayor is planning to force through changes despite opposition from Labour, Lib Dem and Green members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.
The London Fire Brigade has a target response time for the first fire engine to reach a property within an average of six minutes. At the moment, 267 wards across London are currently experiencing slower than target response times and the impact of these changes will mean that a further 40 wards across the capital will not meet this objective.
The four fire stations in the borough – Acton, Ealing, Northolt and Southall – will not be downgraded. However, 10 of the 23 wards in the borough, including Hanger Hill, Greenford Green, Northolt West End and Perivale, do not meet the current six minutes target response time. Furthermore, the five Southall wards will be effected by slower response times as a result of the proposed loss of one engine at Hayes Fire Station.
The consultation closes on 17th June and you can fill in an online questionaire at http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/LSP5
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