Following the tireless campaigning of the local community, Clapham fire station will remain open and of service to the public. Under Mayor Boris Johnson’s original plans, 12 stations were earmarked for closure along with 18 fire engines.
Lambeth council worked hard alongside residents from across the borough to force a rethink to the proposal. 2 fire stations in Lambeth and Lewisham and 4 fire engines have been protected from the cuts.
The closure of Clapham fire station would have led to a four minute increase in emergency response times to fires, the biggest increase in emergency response times of any London borough.
Cllr Jack Hopkins said: “I’m delighted that we’ve managed to persuade the Mayor to reverse his plan to close Clapham fire station. There was huge opposition from all communities to his proposal, with businesses, residents, trade unions and fire fighters all speaking out against the cuts. I’m pleased the council was able to play its part in such a successful campaign. It serves as a reminder to us all how much we can achieve we can be when we pull together.
‘It’s great that the Mayor has listened to Lambeth. I urge him to listen to other areas of London who will lose out under his proposal to cut London’s fire service.”
More on Lambeth’s campaign to save Clapham Fire station – http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/CommunityLiving/CrimePrevention/SaveClaphamFireStation.htm
Boris Johnson and his chair of the London Fire Authority, James Cleverly AM, remain committed to forcing through big cuts to the fire service despite widespread opposition. Under the revised proposals, a further 30 firefighters will lose their jobs and the closure of other stations in London will go ahead, including Westminster.
It is not yet known how this will affect fire services in Lambeth. The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) will meet on Thursday 18th July at 2pm to discuss the revised proposals.