Hackney's Labour Mayor and Councillors have begun a campaign to save Kingsland Fire Station - and we are calling on people from across Hackney to support our fight.
The campaign was launching following the publication of leaked plans showing the station was among seventeen earmarked for closure by the Conservative Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
The station, which sits on Kingsland Road on the eastern edge of De Beauvoir, will have its fate decided at a meeting of the London Fire Authority on November 22nd.
If it was to close the nearest fire stations would be Old Street, Stoke Newington or Homerton, all of which are a significant distance from the area Kingsland fire station currently serves.
At Full Council last week, Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: “This is just the latest example of the Coalition Government reducing essential public services. The London Fire Brigade is seeing its budget slashed by £65m, which is the biggest shake up since it was created 146 years ago.
“We know from the number of fire incidents in Hackney that there are more in the south of the borough – Kingsland fire station attended 720 incidents across Hackney in the last 12 months alone.
“The closure of this fire station would increase response times thereby putting local residents at risk and increasing the risk of fire causing serious harm or loss of life in the borough.”
The De Beauvoir Councillors and the Mayor of Hackney have written to the Mayor of London to ask him to reconsider the plan.
If you support our campaign, please do show your support by:
- Signing our petition online here
- Downloading a petition here and collect signatures from your neighbours and friends
- Joining our Facebook group to keep updated on the campaign
- Downloading a poster to put in your window