Further Tory cuts to public services could see the lives of Londoners, including Croydon residents, put at risk with the capital served by 13 fewer fire engines, if a proposal from London Mayor Boris Johnson is passed at a City Hall meeting this morning.
The proposals include taking a fire engine based at Norbury fire station permanently out of service.
If agreed, it will bring to 27 the number of fire engines cut from service in London under the Conservative Mayor in just two years.
A resources committee meeting of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) has the cost-cutting move on the agenda.
The proposals are part of the Fire Brigade’s plans to deal with the £13.2million cut from its budget by Johnson.
Alternative proposals have been put forward by Andrew Dismore, a Labour London Assembly Member, which would see a range of back office efficiencies to meet the budget gap.
It is less than two years since the Tory Mayor forced through the closure of 10 London fire stations and axed 14 fire engines. Inevitably, the fire brigade’s response times to emergencies across the capital got longer.
“When the Mayor axed 14 fire engines and closed 10 London fire stations across the capital he promised then that there would be no more front-line cuts,” Dismore said. “The predictable result has been that response times have gone up and lives have been lost. Yet now he is at it again.
“There is little doubt that his plans to axe another 13 fire engines would have dire consequences for Londoners and risk the safety of the capital and the people that live here.
“It’s literally a scorched earth policy, tying the hands of the future Mayor and jeopardising the safety of Londoners – this is what Boris Johnson’s austerity means.”
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