A petition of more than 500 signatures objecting to plans to close Westminster fire station was handed to the Mayor of London.
Murad Qureshi, Labour London-wide assembly member at City Hall, and members of the Fire Brigades Union presented the document before Boris Johnson pushed through his proposals last week.
Westminster fire station, in Greycoat Place, Victoria, is one of 12 across the capital facing closure in a bid to find £28.8million of savings in the London Fire Brigade by 2015.
Murad Qureshi said:
“We’re doing this to save Londoners the emergency services they critically depend on in their time of need. When it goes we will appreciate the services we’ve always had, particularly when we’ve got so many historical buildings in Westminster which aren’t equipped for fire prevention.
“In the first meeting of the Mayor’s budget we passed an amendment for him to look again at it. He got his nine votes this week to continue on the road he’s unfortunately chosen to make reductions equivalent to just 7p a week or a cheap pint annually to close down 12 fire stations, 18 fire engines and 550 firefighters.”
A public consultation was launched this week. People have until May 28 to respond. Visit http://www.london-fire.gov.uk.