Breaking news: Clerkenwell fire station officially earmarked for closure by brigade
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One of Islington’s fire stations – the oldest in the capital – has officially been earmarked for closure.
London Fire Brigade bosses announced plans to close Clerkenwell fire station in Rosebery Avenue at a briefing this afternoon.
Kingsland fire station in Dalston, which serves Islington, is also set for the chop if the plans get approved.
The announcement follows the leaking in October of a list of stations that the LFB was considering closing, which included both stations.
Speaking in November, Greg Edwards, a Fire Brigades Union (FBU) official and firefighter at Clerkenwell, who launched a campaign to save the station, said: “If we lose the station, it could have an effect on people’s lives.
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“There’s disbelief at the station that they could even be considering this. Clerkenwell is the oldest station in Europe and there’s a reason it’s been around for that long – it’s strategically placed and it’s needed there.”
Islington station, in Upper Street, was also on the original leaked list, but its closure does not now form part of LFB’s plans.
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Twelve fire stations could be shut across the capital in all, resulting in the loss of 520 front line firefighter jobs, if the changes are implemented following a consultation. They would take effect in the autumn.
In November, LFB Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “Ongoing reports of individual stations closing are nothing but unfounded, sensationalised scare stories.”
The LFB is bidding to make savings of £28.8million over the next two years.