Ilfracombe fire cuts ‘deadline extended’
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Fire service agrees to give the town council extra time to respond to money saving proposals to cut the station back to on call only.
THE consultation deadline over proposed cuts to Ilfracombe’s fire service has been pushed back to May after concerns there was just four days between a public meeting in the town and the original cut-off date.
The town would see its fire station reduced from a full daytime crew to on call only if Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service proposals go ahead.
A public meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 7pm will still go ahead but the venue has been switched from the Ilfracombe Centre to the town junior school.
With the consultation originally due to end on April 22, the fire service has now agreed to extend the response time for Ilfracombe Town Council to Friday, May 17.
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It follows concerns expressed by both the council and Mike Creek on behalf of Ilfracombe TUC at the lack of time to respond, as well as fears the original venue would be too small to accommodate the many people expected to turn up.
The meetings are being held across both counties, with Ilfracombe the last on the list, and are part of a raft of measures the fire service says it needs to make in order to save £5.5 million over the next two years after seeing its government grant cut.
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Ilfracombe Mayor Lynda Courtnadge said the new deadline meant the council could now meet as a council following the consultation and draft its response.
“We will be taking on the views of the community form the meeting on April 18, so our response will be informed by the public reaction and their requests,” said Mrs Courtnadge.
“We hope people will turn up with open minds and hear the information from both sides before making an informed decision based on that.”
The proposals can be viewed and comments left via www.dsfire.gov.uk