Woolwich and Downham fire stations to close after failed High Court legal bid

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WOOLWICH and Downham fire stations are set to close after a High Court legal battle against the Mayor of London’s “reckless” cost-cutting plans failed.

Seven councils including Lewisham and Greenwich lost their legal challenge at the High Court against the Mayor of London’s plans to axe 10 fire stations as well as the loss of 14 fire appliances and 552 firefighter posts.

The stations are due to close on January 9 and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is considering any rights to appeal the High Court’s decision which was revealed today (December 20).

The councils argued the plan did not take into account fire risk factors in densely-populated inner London which has more disadvantaged residents at greater risk from fire.

They also argued the consultation process into the Fifth London Safety Plan was unlawful, the Equalities Act was breached as well as stressing the impact on public safety.

Greenwich Council's cabinet member for community safety and environment Cllr Maureen O’Mara said: "We have fought as hard as possible to save Woolwich fire station, and are extremely disappointed with today's result.

“Far more disappointing is that the cuts will now go ahead, and Woolwich – together with other fire stations across London - will soon be lost forever.

“As we argued in court, our concern is that these cuts will make residents less safe, and there will be longer response times in serious incidents."

While Councillor Alan Hall, on behalf of Lewisham Labour Group on Lewisham Council, added: "As we have said all along, the cuts to the fire service will make Lewisham less safe and it is hugely disappointing as the first duty of the Mayor of London is to keep London safe."

FBU London secretary Paul Embery urged the Mayor to reconsider the plans which could leave "blood on his hands".

He said: “The Apollo Theatre collapse demonstrates how dependent the safety of Londoners is on the stations that Boris Johnson intends to close.

“If the cuts go ahead, the mayor will end up with blood on his hands.

““These cuts are reckless, wrong and will jeopardise the safety of millions of Londoners: it will only be a matter of time before someone dies as a result of a fire engine failing to reach them in time.

“Although campaigners lost the legal case, we won the moral argument, and even at this late stage, we would urge the Mayor to reconsider.”

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2:08pm Fri 20 Dec 13

white rabbit9 says...

All part of the agenda.
All part of the agenda. white rabbit9

3:00pm Fri 20 Dec 13

jay2180 says...

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why don't they f@cking close downing street instead,thats a complete sh;thole full of c#nts. jay2180

3:16pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Gypo.Joe says...

jay2180 wrote:
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6:21pm Fri 20 Dec 13

jay2180 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
jay2180 wrote:
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[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jay2180[/bold] wrote: why don't they f@cking close downing street instead,thats a complete sh;thole full of c#nts.[/p][/quote]There we have it from jay2180, another wonderful example of the glorious indigenous population of Shopperland. innit like.[/p][/quote]You are not worth the steam off my p!ss GYPO.......letting your insecurity get the better of you again........do one back to campville you lost and very confused individual......oh and don't forget to top up your dongle on your way back.... jay2180

12:43am Sat 21 Dec 13

molsey says...

"and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is considering any rights to appeal the High Court’s decision which was revealed today (December 20)".

Along with their 'right' to retire at 55, eh!
"and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is considering any rights to appeal the High Court’s decision which was revealed today (December 20)". Along with their 'right' to retire at 55, eh! molsey

4:06pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Gypo.Joe says...

jay2180 wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
jay2180 wrote:
why don't they f@cking close downing street instead,thats a complete sh;thole full of c#nts.
There we have it from jay2180, another wonderful example of the glorious indigenous population of Shopperland.

innit like.
You are not worth the steam off my p!ss GYPO.......letting your insecurity get the better of you again........do one back to campville you lost and very confused individual......oh and don't forget to top up your dongle on your way back....
Ohhhhhhhh I'm shaking in me old worn out dealer boots.

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[quote][p][bold]jay2180[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jay2180[/bold] wrote: why don't they f@cking close downing street instead,thats a complete sh;thole full of c#nts.[/p][/quote]There we have it from jay2180, another wonderful example of the glorious indigenous population of Shopperland. innit like.[/p][/quote]You are not worth the steam off my p!ss GYPO.......letting your insecurity get the better of you again........do one back to campville you lost and very confused individual......oh and don't forget to top up your dongle on your way back....[/p][/quote]Ohhhhhhhh I'm shaking in me old worn out dealer boots. well 'ard innit know wots I mean bruv. Run along now mothers breast is ready for you now. Leroy just finished with it. Gypo.Joe

9:49am Mon 23 Dec 13

Brian Sewer66 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
jay2180 wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
jay2180 wrote: why don't they f@cking close downing street instead,thats a complete sh;thole full of c#nts.
There we have it from jay2180, another wonderful example of the glorious indigenous population of Shopperland. innit like.
You are not worth the steam off my p!ss GYPO.......letting your insecurity get the better of you again........do one back to campville you lost and very confused individual......oh and don't forget to top up your dongle on your way back....
Ohhhhhhhh I'm shaking in me old worn out dealer boots. well 'ard innit know wots I mean bruv. Run along now mothers breast is ready for you now. Leroy just finished with it.
This piece of vomit is all talk no action gypo joe the bell end oxygen thief yar har ha
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jay2180[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jay2180[/bold] wrote: why don't they f@cking close downing street instead,thats a complete sh;thole full of c#nts.[/p][/quote]There we have it from jay2180, another wonderful example of the glorious indigenous population of Shopperland. innit like.[/p][/quote]You are not worth the steam off my p!ss GYPO.......letting your insecurity get the better of you again........do one back to campville you lost and very confused individual......oh and don't forget to top up your dongle on your way back....[/p][/quote]Ohhhhhhhh I'm shaking in me old worn out dealer boots. well 'ard innit know wots I mean bruv. Run along now mothers breast is ready for you now. Leroy just finished with it.[/p][/quote]This piece of vomit is all talk no action gypo joe the bell end oxygen thief yar har ha Brian Sewer66

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