Press Release: Confusion as London Fire Authority chair publishes list of ‘safe stations’

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More then 80 Fire Stations are at risk of closure according to the Chair of the London Fire Authority, James Cleverly. When speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC this Wednesday, the Fire Chair said he could only confirm that 28 out of London’s 112 fire stations ‘will definitely not close’.

The London Fire Brigade is facing steep cuts due to the government cutting the fire budget by 25% – this is even deeper than the 20% cut to the police’s budget. This year, its budget has been cut by £29.5million and by a further £35.3million next year, in total £65million. This is biggest shake-up to the London Fire Brigade since it was created 146 years ago.

Labour’s City Hall Fire spokesperson, Navin Shah said:
“We have repeatedly asked for a list of stations that are at risk of closure and have been repeatedly told that no such list exists. It obviously does and Londoners should know about and have the chance to make their views heard. For the Fire Authority chair to come out and say that any number of these 84 stations are at risk of closure is unbelievable. When will Mr Cleverly and the Mayor be upfront with Londoners and tell them exactly which stations are under threat of closure?

“We understand that savings have to be made, but the level of cuts forced on the London Fire Brigade by the Mayor and government are truly reckless. They are cutting too far, too fast. They are hitting front-line services and putting public safety at risk. The mayor needs to come clean on fire brigade cuts and tell Londoners what he is planning to close.”

Notes
1. Navin Shah is the Labour London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow. He is also Labour’s lead member on the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

2. The list of all London fire stations and the “safe stations” is below:

List of London Fire Stations List of London Fire Stations that will definitely not close (see: http://www.lbc.co.uk/the-28-fire-stations-which-will-definitely-not-close-61440)
Acton Barking
Addington Battersea
Barking Croydon
Barnet Dagenham
Battersea Dockhead
Beckenham East Ham
Belsize Edmonton
Bethnal Green Hammersmith
Bexley Harold Hill
Biggin Hill Harrow
Bow Heston
Brixton Holloway
Bromley Kingston
Chelsea Lambeth
Chingford Lewisham
Chiswick Leytonstone
Clapham Millwall
Clerkenwell Mitcham
Croydon Old Kent Road
Dagenham Orpington
Deptford Paddington
Dockhead Plaistow
Dowgate Purely
Downham Shadwell
Ealing Stratford
East Greenwich Walthamstow
East Ham Wembley
Edmonton West Norwood
Eltham  
Enfield  
Erith  
Euston  
Feltham  
Finchley  
Forest Hill  
Fulham  
Greenwich  
Hainault  
Hammersmith  
Harold Hill  
Harrow  
Hayes  
Heathrow  
Hendon  
Heston  
Hillingdon  
Holloway  
Homerton  
Hornchurch  
Hornsey  
Ilford  
Islington  
Kensington  
Kentish Town  
Kingsland  
Kingston  
Knightsbridge  
Lambeth  
Lee Green  
Lewisham  
Leyton  
Leytonstone  
Mill Hill  
Millwall  
Mitcham  
New Cross  
New Malden  
Norbury  
North Kensington  
Northolt  
Old Kent Road  
Orpington  
Paddington  
Park Royal  
Peckham  
Plaistow  
Plumstead  
Poplar  
Purley  
Richmond  
Romford  
Ruislip  
Shadwell  
Shoreditch  
Sidcup  
Silvertown  
Soho  
Southall  
Southgate  
Southwark  
Stanmore  
Stoke Newington  
Stratford  
Surbiton  
Sutton  
Tooting  
Tottenham  
Twickenham  
Wallington  
Walthamstow  
Wandsworth  
Wembley  
Wennington  
West Hampstead  
West Norwood  
Westminster  
Whitechapel  
Willesden  
Wimbledon  
Woodford  
Woodside  
Woolwich  
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