Kingsland fire station closure plans could be met with court action
PUBLISHED: 14:44 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:44 13 February 2013
Mayor of London Boris Johnson may have to take court action in order to shut Kingsland fire station, after the London Fire Authority rejected his proposals for a second time.
The Mayor wants to close 12 stations including Kingsland in Kingsland Road, Haggerston, scrap 18 engines and axe 520 jobs in order to save £28.8million over two years.
He had attempted to force the through the proposals by “directing” the authority to accept them, after it voted against the plans last month.
But on Monday the Labour, Lib Dem and Green politicians who form a majority on the body again opposed the Mayor by voting to ignore that direction.
Meanwhile, the London Assembly also sought to derail the plans last Friday, by passing an amendment to the Mayor’s budget.
Labour, Lib Dem and Green assembly members insist enough money can be raised to keep all the stations open if average househoulds are asked to pay just 7p more per week in Council Tax.
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