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Bexley residents given their say as fire response time fears rise

PUBLISHED: 16:50 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:50 15 May 2013

Len Duvall is urging residents to attend the consultation. Pic by John Stillwell

Len Duvall is urging residents to attend the consultation. Pic by John Stillwell

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The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority will hold a public consultation giving Bexley residents the chance to have their say on the future of the fire service in the borough.

It takes place in Central Library in Bromley High Street and Croydon residents are also invited to attend.

The Draft Fifth London Safety Plan was launched at the beginning of March and will see 18 fire engines cut and 12 stations cut, as well as 520 firefighters lose their jobs if it goes ahead.

London Assembley member Len Duvall said: “It is vital that residents take part in this consultation about the proposal to close 12 fire stations in London and make sure that their voice is heard. We believe that the mayor is cutting too far, too fast and is hitting the frontline.”

A spokesperson from the London Fire Brigade said: “The proposals currently out for public consultation seek to maintain our London-wide response targets, which as a London-wide fire brigade is how we plan the service we provide.

“The ward level data shows how varied response times are across the capital. As is the case now, over half of all London wards would, on average, continue to get a first response within the six minute target if the proposals are agreed. London would continue to receive a very good service, compared to other emergency services and other parts of the country.”

The meeting takes place next Thursday (May 23) at 7pm.

Residents can contribute to the consultation online, for more details visit london-fire.gov.uk/lsp5.

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