Brent Council calls for public to have their say on future of local fire brigade

6 January 2016

The Fire Brigade's proposals for services across London, including the risk that a fire engine may be permanently withdrawn from Willesden fire station, will be discussed at a public meeting in Brent next week (11 Jan 2016).
 
Brent Civic Centre plays host to the public meeting at 7pm on Monday, 11 January and residents are being encouraged to go along and have their say.
 
Two years ago, Willesden fire station saw one of its two fire engines withdrawn following London-wide budget cuts.
 
The two alternative proposals now on the table could see the second fire engine returned in one case or its removal made permanent in the other option.  
 
Neither option threatens the remaining fire engine at Willesden, nor the opening of the Willesden fire station itself.
 
Details of the London Fire Brigade's two different budget options are available on their website.
 
Cllr Muhammed Butt, Brent Council Leader, said: "It is really important that local people know that the Fire Brigade is considering making the loss of the second fire engine at Willesden fire station permanent. However, there is also an alternative option that might see it reinstated.
 
"I am encouraging Brent residents to let their views be known by contacting their local London Assembly Member Navin Shah or the Mayor of London Boris Johnson.  Given that 11 of the wards in Brent have seen a rise in response times recently, I for one certainly hope that the second fire engine at Willesden can be brought back."