Redbridge residents invited to have their say on fire station closures at meeting tonight
Redbridge residents are invited to have their say on plans to close 12 London fire stations at a meeting in Ilford tonight.
Borough commander Steve Brown will be at the consultation along with representatives from the Greater London Authority at Redbridge Town Hall, in High Road.
The planned changes as part of the London Safety Plan will be explained before a question and answer session with the panel.
No Redbridge stations will be closed but London Fire Brigade figures predict that fire engines will arrive slower than target times in most parts of the borough if the changes go ahead.
In Wanstead ward, second fire engines will take nearly nine minutes to reach emergencies - missing the eight minute target.
You may also want to watch:
Nearby stations in Chingford, Leyton and Leytonstone will each lose one of their two fire engines under the plans - meaning Redbridge firefighters may have to respond to their calls.
Around 520 firefighter posts would be cut and 18 fire engines removed across London.
- 1 Girl, 16, allegedly raped in Ilford park
- 2 Woodford Green bomb scare declared false alarm
- 3 Travelling in and out of Redbridge? Your guide to road and rail works
- 4 Upcycle and recycle market coming to former Goodmayes Homebase site
- 5 Ambulance stations to close and be replaced by single centre, LAS reveals
- 6 Lorry driver cleared over elderly couple's crash deaths, inquest hears
- 7 Clouds, rain and sunny intervals: East London weather forecast this week
- 8 Arrests in Ilford and East Ham as police target suspected county lines gang
- 9 Newbury Park supermarket security staff step in to help man in crisis
- 10 Two arrests after alleged assault on teen in Newbury Park
The Fire Brigades’ Union, politicians and campaign groups have objected to the proposals, which would save the brigade an estimated £28.8million.
The meeting, which also covers Havering, will start at 7pm and run until around 9pm in the Lambourne Room of the town hall.
A consultation is open at www.london-fire.gov.uk until June 17.