Residents who are concerned about the proposed closure of Clapham Fire station are being urged to attend a public meeting at Clapham Library on Monday June 17th 2013. The public meeting is the last chance for local residents to have their say about the proposal to close Clapham Fire station (an image of the meeting invitation is attached). The last day of the London Fire Authority’s four month long public consultation into the future of fire services in London is 17th June.
The public meeting is being held at Clapham Library, 91 Clapham High Street, SW4 7DB, starting at 6.30pm. Residents who attend will have the opportunity to directly contribute to the London Fire brigade’s consultation.
Leader of Lambeth Council, Cllr Lib Peck said, “According to the London Fire Brigade the closure of Clapham Fire station will increase the time it takes a fire engine to reach an emergency by four minutes. No other London borough is facing such a large increase in emergency response times as Lambeth. The public meeting is Lambeth’s last chance to show the Mayor and Fire Authority how strongly we feel about their plan to close Clapham fire station.”
Cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities, Cllr Jack Hopkins said, “Three weeks ago over 200 people attended a public consultation meeting organised by the London fire authority. It was by far the biggest meeting of its kind in London and shows how strongly residents feel about the threat to our local fire station. The Mayor and Fire Authority must listen to the strength of feeling across Lambeth about the future of Clapham fire station.”
Councillor for Clapham Town ward, Christoper Wellbelove said, “The public meeting on Monday 17th June is a really important chance to show the Boris Johnson and the London Fire Authority how important Clapham fire station is to the local community. I urge residents to come along and make their voices heard.”
Councillor for Clapham Town ward, Helen O’Malley said, “Clapham fire station plays a vital role keeping us safe. The public meeting on 17th June is our chance to send a clear message to the Mayor of London and his Fire Authority, that Clapham fire station must not be closed. We’ve got to make sure that the Mayor and Fire Authority understand the huge opposition to their plans to cut our fire service.”
Councillor for Clapham Town ward, Nigel Haselden said, “According to the London Fire Brigade the closure of Clapham fire station will increase the time it takes a fire engine to reach an emergency by four minutes. If your home is on fire waiting an additional four minutes could mean the difference between life and death.”
1. The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) is consulting on the Draft Fifth London Safety Plan. The consultation is running from 4 March until 17 June. More here: More here
2. More on Lambeth’s campaign to save Clapham Fire Station