Boris Johnson orders public consultation into fire station closure proposals

16:36 30 January 2013

Boris Johnson criticised the authority today

Boris Johnson criticised the authority today

Archant

Boris Johnson has overruled London’s fire authority over proposals to close 12 of the capital’s fire stations as part of cost-cutting measures.

The London Mayor, who appeared at City Hall for Question Time today, made the move after members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority voted last week not to accept the plans outlined by commissioner Ron Dobson.

The proposals will also result in the loss of 520 jobs, in a bid to make savings of £45 million. Mr Johnson has now directed LFEPA to start a public consultation.

Mr Johnson said the authority had increased the likelihood of compulsory redundancies by not tackling a budget gap, adding: “There have been some outrageous claims that the fire commissioner and I would put lives of Londoners at risk, so I have directed the plans to go for consultation as planned because the option presented by the authority is unfit for purpose and unsustainable in budget terms.

“It is essential that the London Fire Brigade continues to modernise so that it can remain one of the world’s leading rescue services and is equipped to respond to 21st century fire fighting needs.

“It’s right that tough decisions have to be made in times of economic uncertainty. History shows the difficulties organisations face when they don’t meet their financial responsibilities. With 100 fire stations and over 150 fire engines, I am completely resolute that any agreed proposals will still be able to deal with large scale or multiple emergencies.”

The mayor pointed out that the London brigade attends half as many fires as a decade ago, while fire deaths were down by a third.

Navin Shah, Labour’s fire spokesman on the London Assembly, said the mayor’s move was the first step in closing the 12 stations.

“Boris needs to think again and look at reallocating resources from the wider Greater London Authority budget.

“This will keep our fire stations open and protect the safety and security of Londoners. He is trying to force the London Fire Authority to make these deep cuts, which are opposed by us and many Londoners.”

Mr Shah said he had called an emergency meeting of the fire authority to discuss the mayor’s intervention.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Alan Cartwright

The teenager stabbed to death while riding his bike in Islington last night has been named as 15-year-old Alan Cartwright.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
A 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death on Caledonian Road Pic: Google

Teen managed to carry on riding before collapsing - murder investigation launched

Friday, February 27, 2015
CCTV footage shows when the driver loses control of the black Honda car in Hampton Road

This jaw-dropping footage shows the moment a speeding driver smashes his Honda into five parked cars in a quiet residential street before fleeing.

Friday, February 27, 2015
A teenager was stabbed near the Emirates minutes before Arsenal's Champions League game

Knife attack - just prior to Champions League game - fifth in borough this month

Friday, February 27, 2015
The job spec says the succesful applicant will have to 'remain calm under pressure' (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images.)

Looking for a new job? Like driving, fan of the Royal Family? Then the perfect role for you might have just come up as the Queen is looking for a new chauffeur.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The former Star Trek co-star proposes a Twitter memorial.

Read more

Russell Tovey has admitted he didn’t realise he was being offered the lead in Banished at first.

Read more

Damian Lewis admitted he is enjoying portraying King Henry VIII in BBC Two’s period drama Wolf Hall.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

The political editor will be taking time off for treatment.

It involves a picture of a hand. You can guess what shape it is making.

Quirky London