Search

Mayor of London Boris Johnson looks to close two of Islington’s three fire stations

13:39 18 October 2012

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Archant

Two of Islington’s three fire stations could close as part of planned cuts by London Mayor Boris Johnson – including the one nearest his home.

Both Islington Station, in Upper Street, and Clerkenwell Station, in Rosebery Avenue, could be for the chop as part of a bid to slash £65million from the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) budget, according to a leaked document.

But for the move to go ahead, the LFEPA must nod it through. No party has a majority on the panel and the deciding vote could come down to Islington councillor Terry Stacy, who sits on the authority.

He said: “Clerkenwell and Upper Street fire stations provide critical cover for local residents, as well as the City and other high-profile locations. The Mayor is totally wrong to look at cuts like these in such sensitive locations.

“These proposals for possible fire station closures in Islington, and the removal of fire engines, flow directly from the budget cuts that Boris Johnson is forcing on the London Fire Brigade. The Mayor recklessly set the level of cuts for the next two years without taking any advice from senior fire officers as to the consequences.

“Boris Johnson should realise that fire cuts on this scale will be unacceptable to Islington residents and provide the fire brigade with the budget it needs to do the job. Liberal Democrats are totally opposed to the Mayor’s fire budget and I will do everything in my power to get these dangerous plans ditched.”

Cllr Catherine West, leader of Islington Council, said: “These proposals are deeply worrying and confirm our worst fears. In a borough with over 200,000 residents it is unacceptable and reckless to have only one operating fire station.”

She added: “ London Fire Brigade keeps our city safe 24 hours a day and fire fatalities have reduced by a third over the last decade. Shutting stations and slashing jobs threatens all this good work.”

Kingsland fire station just over the borough’s borders in Hackney is also under threat.

The Mayor is yet to comment.

0 comments

Latest Islington News Stories

Tracey Palmer, Macmillan information and support manager at The Whittington Hospital, and Angel Bellot, the hospital's PALS and complaints manager (Picture: Eve Harris)

Two brave Whittington workers will swap the wards for the sky (and then, hopefully, the ground) when they jump out of a plane for charity this weekend.

Yesterday, 18:39
MP Andy Burnham visited the New River Green Childrens Centre, in Ramsey Walk in 2013

Parents have just hours left to respond to Islington Council’s cost-cutting plans for its early childhood service, which many fear could have a damaging effect.

Yesterday, 10:05
Service user Anna (L) with Celia from St Martin of Tours Islington (Picture: Islington Council)

What better way to enjoy the glorious sunshine than with a spot of gardening?

Thu, 11:53
Whitehall Park School has been in temporary blocks since opening in 2014. (Picture: Nigel Sutton).

Children at Islington’s £10million first free school will spend next term in a college after being forced out of their portacabins before the new building is ready.

Wed, 17:03
Adrian Carpenter

A man who stabbed a teenager to death on a Finsbury Park basketball court has been found guilty of his murder.

Wed, 15:58
Members of the Britannia Squash Club outside the the Sobell Leisure Centre. From left Richard Noble, Tim Denis, Tony Lewis, Carlos Lopez Barillas and Adam O'Brien. (Picture: Polly Hancock)

Dozens of squash players went on strike for a month after frustrations with a leisure centre boiled over.

Wed, 12:41
Leo Whittaker of Besant Court, Newington Green. Picture: Polly Hancock

Big changes have been mooted for Newington Green’s Besant Court estate, with one block facing demolition. Tenants yesterday reflected on their memories with James Morris.

Wed, 08:55
New Scotland Yard

A 23-year-old man was arrested in Finsbury Park yesterday on suspicion of funding terrorism.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All entrants can get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now