Fire Service Cuts – Downham and New Cross Fire Stations

Boris Johnson has been rightly criticised for his proposals to closes 12 fire stations, cut 18 fire engines and 520 jobs across London to save £29m in two years.

Lewisham Labour has been campaigning strongly against the proposals locally which would see Downham and New Cross Fire Stations close. I believe that this would have a disproportionate impact on the safety of local residents. Not only would we lose two of the five fire stations but also a third of all appliances based in Lewisham.

I am also concerned that Lewisham will lose a disproportionate number of officers to redundancy compared to other London boroughs.  Lewisham’s total officer numbers currently are 212, a loss of 64 officers based at Downham and New Cross Fire Stations would represent a 30% reduction.

The council has made it’s opposition to the proposals clear and submitted its response to the consultation earlier this week.

You can find out more information about the campaign to save our fire stations by visiting the London Labour’s campaign website, and can sign the Fire Brigade Union’s petition against the closures here.

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