Waltham Forest pulls out of fire cuts review

Waltham Forest pulls out of fire cuts review

Waltham Forest pulls out of fire cuts review

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Waltham Forest Council has pulled out of a coalition of councils pursuing a judicial review of mayor Boris Johnson’s fire services across the capital.

Waltham Forest was one of eight boroughs that wrote to Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles, asking him to overrule the Mayor’s plans which will see the closure of 10 fire stations and the loss of 14 fire engines in London.

If Mr Pickles failed to do this the eight councils said they would seek a judicial review into the decision, which would see the number of fire engines in Waltham Forest reduced from eight to five.

It is claimed this would increase the time a second fire engine would take to arrive at a blaze by nearly a minute.

But Waltham Forest Council confirmed today it is no longer seeking a judicial review with the seven other boroughs; Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Islington, Lewisham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.

A spokeswoman for the council said: ”While we are no longer pursuing the judicial review we remain an interested party in the proceedings.

“We will continue to speak out on behalf of residents against the removal of three of Waltham Forest’s eight fire appliances and closely monitor the impact the withdrawal of these vital appliances has on residents’ safety.

“We remain firmly of the view that these plans are reckless and will put lives at risk.”

The council has not yet revealed why it has taken the decision to withdraw from the judicial review process.

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority voted to approve the final version of the Mayor’s plans on Wednesday afternoon after it received legal advice there were no grounds for it to challenge the cuts.

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9:58am Sun 15 Sep 13

SpursSupporter1 says...

Waltham Forest Council You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourselves Pulling Out Of The Fight Againest Fire Cuts In London, you are elected too represent the residents of this borough and to if this is your idea of representation then not one of you councillors deserve too sit in the Town Hall, Shame On You
Waltham Forest Council You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourselves Pulling Out Of The Fight Againest Fire Cuts In London, you are elected too represent the residents of this borough and to if this is your idea of representation then not one of you councillors deserve too sit in the Town Hall, Shame On You SpursSupporter1
  • Score: 7

11:27am Sun 15 Sep 13

WalthamWabbit says...

It would appear that the cowardice of the Grand Poobahs running the Waltham Forest Borough knows no bounds. Clearly Chris Robbings and his vicious hench man Clyde Loaks who is nought but an aspirant to his throne care nothing for the Fine People of the Waltham Forest Borough otherwise they would have fought for these vital appliances with every Fibre of their Being to retain them lest a fire break out amongst the glorious Edwardian Terrances of the area or the beauteous thatched roofs of the Walthamstow Village which is presided over by the Walthamstow Village Historical Heirloom Preservation Society and a much admired group of eminent greybeards. Shame on all those at the town hall who ever trumpeted so loudly their love for the area but suddenly cower from a challenge to have these Vital Appliances reinstated,
It would appear that the cowardice of the Grand Poobahs running the Waltham Forest Borough knows no bounds. Clearly Chris Robbings and his vicious hench man Clyde Loaks who is nought but an aspirant to his throne care nothing for the Fine People of the Waltham Forest Borough otherwise they would have fought for these vital appliances with every Fibre of their Being to retain them lest a fire break out amongst the glorious Edwardian Terrances of the area or the beauteous thatched roofs of the Walthamstow Village which is presided over by the Walthamstow Village Historical Heirloom Preservation Society and a much admired group of eminent greybeards. Shame on all those at the town hall who ever trumpeted so loudly their love for the area but suddenly cower from a challenge to have these Vital Appliances reinstated, WalthamWabbit
  • Score: 8

11:36am Sun 15 Sep 13

Billy Yerache says...

SpursSupporter1 wrote:
Waltham Forest Council You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourselves Pulling Out Of The Fight Againest Fire Cuts In London, you are elected too represent the residents of this borough and to if this is your idea of representation then not one of you councillors deserve too sit in the Town Hall, Shame On You
They are probably doing the local tax payers a favour by saving money on this fruitless cause as it is a foregone conclusions and they should be applauded.
[quote][p][bold]SpursSupporter1[/bold] wrote: Waltham Forest Council You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourselves Pulling Out Of The Fight Againest Fire Cuts In London, you are elected too represent the residents of this borough and to if this is your idea of representation then not one of you councillors deserve too sit in the Town Hall, Shame On You[/p][/quote]They are probably doing the local tax payers a favour by saving money on this fruitless cause as it is a foregone conclusions and they should be applauded. Billy Yerache
  • Score: -3

2:55pm Sun 15 Sep 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

It would seem that cornbeefur (aka WalthamWabbit and Billy Yerache) is now arguing with himself. You couldn't make it up!

The trouble is, his antics detract from what is actually a pretty serious debate on an issue which could have very damaging consequences for householders in Waltham Forest where the number of properties and of residents is scheduled to grow by many thousands in the next few years with blocks more than three storeys high becoming more numerous.
It would seem that cornbeefur (aka WalthamWabbit and Billy Yerache) is now arguing with himself. You couldn't make it up! The trouble is, his antics detract from what is actually a pretty serious debate on an issue which could have very damaging consequences for householders in Waltham Forest where the number of properties and of residents is scheduled to grow by many thousands in the next few years with blocks more than three storeys high becoming more numerous. Helen, Walthamstow
  • Score: 0

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