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Breaking news: Kingsland fire station looks certain to close next month

PUBLISHED: 12:50 20 December 2013 | UPDATED: 12:56 20 December 2013

Labour councillors outside Kingsland Road fire station

Labour councillors outside Kingsland Road fire station

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Kingsland fire station could close as early as next month after the town hall lost a High Court battle to save it.

Hackney Council, along with seven other authorities, were fighting London mayor Boris Johnson’s proposals to close 10 fire stations in the capital.

A judge rejected the councils’ claim that the mayor’s plans were legally flawed for a number of reasons, including a failure to take into account the reality of increased fire risks in inner London.

Campaigners say the cuts, which involve the loss of more than 500 jobs and the axing of 14 engines, would be “reckless, wrong and will seriously endanger lives”.

But Mr Justice Foskett, sitting at London’s High Court, ruled the process by which the closure decision was reached was lawful.

He said: “I appreciate that the outcome will come as a disappointment to a number of people who had hoped to see the proposed changes to the provision of fire services in their area set aside.”

The application for judicial review was brought by the borough councils of Islington, Camden, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Lewisham and

Greenwich.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has fought the proposed closures, which are part of a drive to save more than £28million and have led to demonstrations across London.


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