March organised against closure of Kingsland Fire Station
PUBLISHED: 18:09 07 June 2013 | UPDATED: 18:12 07 June 2013
If the plans to close Kingsland fire station go ahead, fire chiefs’ average response time targets will not be met in four Hackney wards.
A march in protest at the proposed closure of Kingsland Fire Station has been organised for tomorrow.
In January the fire station in Kingsland Road, Haggerston, was named as one of 12 stations across the capital earmarked for closure under LFB plans to save £28.2 million over the next two years.
But statistics published by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) show the proposals would adversely affect 41 London wards, including Dalston, De Beauvoir, New River and Queensbridge in Hackney.
The wards closest to Kingsland in Kingsland Road will be hit hard, with response times in Dalston increasing from 5.18 to 6.59 minutes if Kingsland closes, and most shocking of all in De Beauvoir from 4.24 to 7.37 minutes.
Meanwhile in Queensbridge average response times are predicted to increase from 5 minutes to 6.43 minutes and in New River from 5.56 minutes to 6.01 minutes.
An LFB spokesman said 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,” he said.
The march to Clerkenwell Fire Station - which is also earmarked for closure - sets off from Kingsland at 12 noon on Saturday June 8. A rally will be held at Spa Field.
The consultation ends on June 17. To take part visit www.citizenspace.com/app/london-fire-brigade/lsp5/consult_view.
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