Monday, 2 September 2013

Camden joins 7 other boroughs in legal challenge over Fire Station closures

Islington Labour leader Catherine West writes in today's Guardian about the legal challenge to Boris Johnson's Fire Station cuts.

Camden, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Greenwich, Islington, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Southwark argue that cuts to fire services will affect public safety in our boroughs. 

Locally the proposals close Belsize station in NW3, which Labour has campaigned to save.  

Camden has a large number of residents living in high-rise buildings – four of our five tallest residential buildings are in Belsize ward which sees first appliance response times increase to almost 8 minutes under current plans.  

We have also highlighted a number of other areas of key concern within Camden including our many listed and historical properties, our critical emergency preparedness, our iconic and extremely busy sights such as the British Museum, British Library and Camden Lock market.  

We are also concerned about major mainline stations and our growing demography from major developments such as King's Cross.  

Community safety lead Abdul Hai said in the Guardian:  "All of these points have been brushed over with scant regard for Camden’s communities.  These cuts are dangerous with wide-reaching consequences for the whole of Camden." 

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