Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed news of a u-turn from the local Fire Authority following her representations on planned service cuts.
East Sussex Fire authority, made up of local Councillors from across the county, had proposed wide ranging changes to the fire services including controversially cutting 50% of fire engines from both Newhaven and Lewes, and reducing the number of fire fighters and the hours that they will be fully available.
Maria Caulfield MP launched a campaign, including an online survey of Newhaven residents, to show that this was not the way forward particularly when things are so changeable given the current Covi-19 crisis. Maria Caulfield had also joined forces with Brighton Kemptown’s Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle to write to Fire Authority members to request that they delay the consultation and stop the significant cuts in services.
Maria Caulfield MP said “I am pleased that the Fire Authority have listened to the representation that I made to them on behalf of my local residents who were deeply concerned about the proposals and will now be making changes. 97% of residents that I surveyed were against the 50% cut in fire engines, which is resoundingly clear of the views of local people. I understand that the new draft proposals will be discussed at a briefing on the 13th July and I will be looking at them closely to ensure that they are acceptable to the communities that I represent.”
“I understand that the Fire Brigade Union consider the changes would ‘significantly improve’ the proposals, which is encouraging to hear.”