Protests as 10 Fire Stations in London Close – Arts London News

Published on January 29, 2014 | by Lydia Batham

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Protests as 10 Fire Stations in London Close

 

There were protests outside the 10 fire stations that closed  in London.

Southwark Fire Station is one of the stations that closed, and the crew were joined by members of the public and politicians. They included London Assembly member’s Stephen Knight and Valerie Shawcross, who got emotional when telling us “it’s a sad historic moment.  Fire-fighters at this site have served this community for 136 years, and I think it’s really sad”.

“it’s a sad historic moment.  Fire-fighters at this site have served this community for 136 years, and I think it’s really sad”. 

Valerie Shawcross

At 9.30am the doors of Southwark Fire Station closed and the crew of the Green Watch took their final roll call in private. After, tears were shed as Borough Commander for Southwark, Andy Snows told those gathered “this is it”.

The London Fire Brigade have reassured residents that response times will remain one of the fastest in the world at 6 minutes and 1 second.  Andy Snows told us that the fire service is a “can do” organisation, and will do all they can to make sure the people of London stay safe.

The staff at Southwark will be absorbed into other London Stations, but for Labour Candidate Neil Coyle, the loss of Southwark which is the closest station to the tallest building in Britain, The Shard, could mean “blood on Boris’s hands”. He said he’ll campaign for the reopening of a station in Southwark.

Other stations that closed were Belsize, Bow, Clerkenwell, Downham, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, Silvertown,  Westminster and Woolwich.

FULL REPORT BY LYDIA BATHAM

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