The planned closure of Clapham fire station has been shelved thanks to Lambeth residents. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson wanted to scrap the fire station as part of an overhaul of the Capital’s service.
But following a campaign led by Lambeth Council and supported by residents, firefighters, businesses and others, the Mayor has dropped the removal of Clapham fire station from his plans.
If Clapham fire station had closed, it would have added up to 4 minutes onto the response time of a fire engine to some parts of the borough threatening safety.
Cllr Lib Peck, Thornton Ward Councillor, and Leader of Lambeth Council, thanked residents for attending public meetings, signing petitions and putting pressure on the Mayor. Lib said: “We fought a strong campaign resulting in the biggest number of people signing a petition in London, a huge turnout at public meetings and presented a powerful, evidence-based case for why Clapham fire station should remain open.
“We showed the devastating impact that an increase of 4 minutes in response times would have for residents and businesses. The revised plans show our voice has been heard and we have been listened to.
“I’m convinced the Mayor of London listened to us because of the united effort of residents, businesses, the council, local councillors and the local fire service in coming together on an issue we were all passionate about fighting for. I’m proud of what we have achieved by working together.”
The Mayor of London’s original proposals in the London Fire Brigade Safety Plan recommended the closure of 12 fire stations, the withdrawal of 18 fire engines and the loss of 520 jobs in London.
After a 15 week consultation decision-makers reviewed their proposals and recommended that both Clapham and New Cross fire stations should stay open.