April 9, 2013 by Juha Repo
We would like to bring this burning issue to you. You may have heard that our local fire station in Southwark faces closure. This will also have a bearing not just on all of our safety, but also as we are campaigning in part to save the heritage buildings in Blackfriars Road that Linden Homes have proposed to demolish. If we manage to save the buildings from development, we may not be able to save them being destroyed in a fire if we don’t have a local fire station.
The following is the information from the firefighters at Southwark Fire Station should you wish to support them in their campaign to stop the closures.
Over the next two years the London Fire brigade faces £45 million pounds of politically motivated cuts at the hands of The Mayor, Boris Johnson. He wants to close 12 fire stations, remove 18 engines and cut 520 fire fighter jobs and all this will save is only 7p a week per household.
The London fire authority twice rejected the cuts, but The Mayor has over-ruled them. This was in spite of his previous promises that there would be no frontline cuts.
The cuts are the most serious ever made in the history of the London Fire Brigade, and the Fire Brigades Union believes they are reckless and wrong. According to the London Fire Brigade commissioner’s own predictions, they would mean 4.7 million Londoners waiting longer for a fire engine. That will compromise public safety, and we are calling for the widest possible campaign to oppose the cuts.
The Borough of Southwark will be heavily affected by the proposed cuts, with the closure of Southwark and New Cross Fire Station, along with the removal of one of the two fire appliances at Peckham Fire Station. This will mean three less fire appliances available locally.
What will it mean? Currently, within the Borough of Southwark, the first fire appliance attends an incident on average in 4 mins 43 secs. After the proposed cuts have been made, the London Fire Brigade aim to achieve a “target” time for the first fire appliance to arrive in 6 mins! Note that it’s only a “target” time.
Public consultation on the cuts began on the 5th March 2013 and will continue until 17th June 2013.
It has become apparent through conversation with local residents, that the public consultation has not been widely publicized, denying residents the opportunity to have their say over these proposals. It is for this reason we have decided to write to you, so that you can bring it to the attention of your residents.
The London Fire Brigade have arranged for a series of public meeting to be held in each borough of London so that residents can have their views heard on these proposals. The Southwark Borough meeting has been scheduled for:
Southwark, Tuesday, 14 May 7-9 pm at Committee Room 4 and 5, Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA
It’s vitally important that as many local residents attend as possible.
Equally as important is that every resident has the opportunity to complete the public consultation document.
Residents with internet access can take part in the public consultation by clicking on this link
Alternatively, if you would like to receive a hard copy of the plan and the consultation leaflet, or request a translation, please phone 0800 9888 569 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When completing the consultation form, you don’t have to answer all of the questions, you can chose to just answer those that matter the most to you. We have found that the paper consultation form is a much easier form to complete.
For updates and further information, we can also be found at:
The London Fire Brigade also have an information page, with all the supporting documents on the public consultation here
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We also have leaflets and posters available for your use.
Southwark Fire Station Fire Fighters.