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Alison Eden Fighting Fire Service Cuts in Central Devon

August 3, 2019 1:25 PM
Originally published by Central Devon Liberal Democrats

Central Devon's Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson , Alison Eden, has spoken out against proposed cuts to Fire Services in the constituency and across Devon.

The Devon & Somerset Fire Service Authority is proposing to close eight fire stations, mothball a number of engines and convert some fully manned stations into part-time operations in a bid to save millions of pounds.

The basic option to close eight fire stations includes Ashburton, which the Fire Service claims to be in a low-risk areas for fires and collisions and which supposedly can be served by other stations within 15 minutes. In addition (Option 2) proposes that Crediton, which currently has two fire engines, will have one of these fire engines removed.

There is fear and mounting anger amongst local people against the proposed cuts and closure to Fire stations including Ashburton where Alison addressed a recent Town Hall Meeting after listening to evidence from local firemen.

Alison said that: "Politicians are playing loose with people's lives by cutting fire services - rural lives matter - how many deaths will these proposals cause?"

Following the Ashburton meeting Alison submitted a formal request to Teignbridge District Council.

"I am putting forward a question to the Leader of the Council Gordon Hook, asking for opposition by the Council to these proposals. The statistics being used to suggest we don't need the service we currently have are bogus. I want an independent review of the proposals and I want the Conservative-controlled Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority to come clean about how many deaths they have decided are acceptable in order to save money. It's a disgrace that yet again rural communities and small towns are being neglected. We have more housing being built, we have higher temperatures, we have real risks of fires on the moor. I challenge the Fire Authority to accept responsibility for any lives or injuries sustained lost following implementation of any of these proposals."

Alison Eden Speaks out at Ashburton Fire Station Protest Meeting

Alison Eden speaks out at the Ashburton Protest Meeting

Alison Eden at Ashburton Protest Meeting

Alison Eden with protesters at Ashburton

Cllr Alison Eden, with Cllr Huw Cox and Cllr John Nutley Lib Dem Members for Ashburton and Buckfastleigh Wards, protesting outside Teignbridge District Council offices against proposed cuts to the fire service.

Cllr Alison Eden, with Cllr Huw Cox and Cllr John Nutley Lib Dem Members for Ashburton and Buckfastleigh Wards, protesting outside Teignbridge District Council offices against proposed cuts to the fire service.