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Fire service cuts approved
Boris Johnson’s plans for major cuts to the fire service have been approved.
Labour members of The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) had sought legal advice on a potential challenge to the measures, which will see the loss of 500 jobs and the closure of 10 fire stations across the capital.
But they were told that such a challenge would have “no legal basis”.
The number of engines in Waltham Forest would reduce from eight to five, increasing the estimated time it will take for a second fire engine to arrive at the scene of a blaze by nearly a minute.
At a meeting of Authority yesterday, LFEPA chairman James Cleverly used his casting vote to approve the final version of the fifth London Safety Plan after eight members voted for the proposals, eight voted against and one member abstained.
Waltham Forest is part of a coalition of eight boroughs which is preparing to seek a judicial review of the cuts, claiming lives will be put at risk.
The Mayor insists the cuts, which will help save £45million over the next two years, are necessary and the public will be protected.
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