In August last year, the Conservative Mayor of London confirmed that he planned to close 10 fire stations across London, including Kingsland Road.
Hackney Labour has been leading the campaign to keep Kingsland Fire Station open, ever since Boris Johnson’s secret plan to sell off fires stations was revealed in 2012.
The plans are putting the safety of our local community at risk. We know the fire service are called to more incidents in the south of Hackney than anywhere else in the borough and the London Fire Brigade admitted that if Kingsland closed response times would soar. Thousands of local residents backed our campaign.
Hackney Council then took legal action against the decision, along with six other London boroughs who also face fire station closures. However, in December 2013, the High Court rejected the claim and the closure of the fire station is now likely to go ahead.
Following the High Court's judgment, Cllr Sophie Linden said: “We are very disappointed with this result. But I am more disappointed that the Mayor of London chose to ignore the very real concerns of residents to force through these plans which put lives at risk.”
“As a result of these damaging cuts, a third of Hackney will now fall outside London Fire Brigade’s recommended response time and residents in De Beauvoir ward will have to wait more than three minutes longer for vital, life-saving assistance.”
You can still show your support for Kingsland Fire Station – sign our online petition or comment on our Facebook page.