Bexley fire services under threat

PUBLISHED: 16:05 26 November 2012

Three fire stations in Bexley have been earmarked for cuts in two reports which are going to be discussed by London fire chiefs.

Bexley fire station could close while its counterparts at Erith and Sidcup could see engines removed in plans which will be discussed by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA).

London Mayor Boris Johnson has told them the service needs to make around £64m worth of cuts from its budget over the next two years.

The closure of Bexley is included in the first plan while the alternative plan would see engines removed from Erith and Sidcup stations.

Chairman of the LFEPA James Cleverly said: “We’ve inherited some antiquated stations.

“As part of our budget saving process we are looking to go to a slightly smaller number of larger and more modern fire stations, and that will enable us to maintain our attendance times and keep Londoners safe.”

Fire chiefs will find out exactly how much they will need to cut by January next year.

Once the amount is known, there will be a public consultation for 10 to 12 weeks

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: “We expect to be able to maintain our current target response times.”

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