Ilfracombe fire meeting ‘made difficult’

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April 18 event criticised by councillors for putting up barriers to public opinion.

COUNCILLORS have criticised arrangements for next week’s Ilfracombe fire cuts meeting in the town, claiming they are preventing the public from being heard.

At Monday’s council meeting, they heard posters for the Thursday, April 18 community consultation event had been sent out, but no venue listed, plus all who attend must register in advance.

It is at the Junior School at 7pm, moved to a larger venue at the request of Ilfracombe Town Council, but the council was told it was not allowed to alter the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service poster it had been sent.

The service is proposing to make Ilfracombe Fire Station part time only, without a full time day crew. It was also revealed on Monday the ‘meeting’ would be a presentation followed by discussion in groups of about eight,


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Councillor Mike Edmunds said a meeting five years ago when the town last fought fire cuts had been very well attended, but orderly and all sides had their say.

“It seems to me they are trying to stop people from expressing their views,” he said.

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“There will be a big to do as a lot of people will be turning up at that public meeting.”

People wishing to attend can complete the reply form here at www.dsfire.gov.uk/AboutUs/HaveYourSay/documents/Invitation.pdf or call 01392 872354.

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