Monday, 2 March 2015

Kingsland Fire Station Sell Off

De Beauvoir Labour Councillor James Peters joined Meg Hillier MP along with other Hackney Labour Councillors and members in a demonstration at the site of the former Kingsland Fire Station on Saturday 28th February.

Tory London Mayor Boris Johnson forced through his closure plans for the station last year as part of swingeing budget cuts despite massive local opposition and a High Court challenge by Hackney Council in association with other local authorities.

Meg Hillier has now uncovered a secret deal to sell the site for a rumoured £28m.

Meg said 'If it is anywhere near 28 million it must be for a mass of private luxury flats which Boris Johnson has a track record of agreeing to. I would like to see provisions for fire engines to be reinstalled, because once you have lost that capacity it is impossible to put another one back in Hackney.'

Councillor Peters said 'Response times in De Beauvoir have increased since the closure to more than six minutes which could be the difference between life and death for our residents. Boris Johnson has put profit before the safety of the people of De Beauvoir as well as neighbouring wards.'

Meg added 'I would say to any potential purchaser that this is an important community asset which needs to be reinstated and we will not let this matter drop.'

Cllr. James Peters with Meg Hillier MP and Labour Councillors
and members at the Kingsland Fire Station site on Saturday.

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