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Residents urged to add names to campaign to save local Fire Services

December 1, 2015 2:31 PM
Residents in Hinckley and Bosworth are being urged to add their names to a petition being run opposing plans to cut local Fire Services.

Controversial plans from Conservative led Leicestershire Fire Authority include proposals to close fire stations, the sacking of over 100 firefighters and scrapping of eleven out of thirty Fire engines.

The plans include the removal of one of the two Fire Engines that serve the Hinckley area. Consultation on the plans ends on December 4th and residents are being urged to write in to object to the proposals and to sign a petition that will be submitted by local Lib Dem Councillors opposing the cuts to local fire services.

Hinckley and Burbage County Councillor and member of the Fire Authority Stuart Bray said, "I'm totally opposed to these plans to cut local fire services. Firefighters on the ground, Fire Unions have warned that this level of cutbacks pose a risk to public safety. We're told that fire engines from Warwickshire could cover the Hinckley area but Warwickshire Fire Authority are reviewing their own services next year which may well see big cutbacks there."

Hinckley County Councillor Michael Mullaney added "Thanks to everyone who has signed the petition so far. The more signatures we get the more pressure we can put on the heads of the Fire Authority to drop these plans. I've spoken to hundreds of local residents who are extremely worried about the plans to remove one of Hinckley's two remaining Fire Engines."

People can sign the petition opposing the plans to cut local fire services at www.bosworthlibdems.org.uk or can call 01455 632445 for a paper copy.

Residents can respond to the Fire Service Consultation which ends Friday December 4th at http://www.leicestershire-fire.gov.uk/irmp