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Hackney Council begins legal challenge against fire cuts

PUBLISHED: 11:49 26 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:49 26 November 2013

Hackney  council are beginning a legal challeng over fire cuts to help save Kingsland fire station and nine other stations across the capital

Hackney council are beginning a legal challeng over fire cuts to help save Kingsland fire station and nine other stations across the capital

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Hackney Council has today (November 25) began a legal challenge against cuts which would see 10 fire stations across London close.

The council, along with neighbouring Islington, Southwark, Camden, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Greenwich councils are making an application for judicial review of the decisions by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the London fire commissioner and London fire and emergency planning authority to implement plans which could see Kingsland fire station permanently close.

The hearing will take place from November 26 to 28 at The Royal Courts of Justice.

In addition to the closure of 10 fire stations, the plan would lead to the loss of 14 fire appliances and 552 firefighter posts.

The councils argue that the plan does not take into account fire risk factors in inner London, which is more densely populated, has more deprived and disadvantaged residents who are at greater risk from fire, and where fire responses are often more complex.

They also argue that the plan would have an impact on public safety, that the Equalities Act was breached, and that the consultation process was unlawful.

Cllr Sophie Linden, deputy mayor of Hackney, said: “We have decided to take this joint action in order to protect the lives of many Londoners, including the most vulnerable members of our community.

“We are doing everything within our power to protect residents from the consequences of this flawed and damaging decision and ensure that stations are kept open and firefighters positions are not lost.”

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