Information about my work as a Labour Councillor for East Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet

Friday, 19 October 2012

We need more certainty over future of Fire Stations

Barnet and Camden Assembly Member Andrew Dismore has raised concerns about Fire Stations. The chair of the London Fire Emergency Planning Authority, James Cleverly AM, has released a lit of Fire Stations in London that are "safe" from closure. Unfortunately, this list is only 28 long, out of the 112 in London! Worryingly for us, it does not include either Hendon, Barnet or Finchley!

This is not to say that any of our ones are to close, but it does leave a lack of certainty, which can't be good for the servicemen and women who put themselves in harms way. Mr Cleverly is not living up to his name.

There are large cuts being made to the service, which will inevitably hit the frontline as the size of cuts are bigger than the entire backroom budget. There is always negotiation and consultation, but it's helpful not to leave people hanging.