Closure threat looms over Harlesden and Willesden fire stations in Brent
PUBLISHED: 17:50 18 October 2012 | UPDATED: 17:58 18 October 2012
Wembley is the only one named as safe by London Fire Brigade in leaked documents
Plans for cuts to London’s fire service could have an impact in Brent after only one of its three fire stations was marked as ‘safe’.
The proposals, which are part of London Fire Brigade’s bid to save £65m over two years, could have an impact on up to 6,000 jobs.
But a leaked document, has sparked fears that Brent could be hit, given that only Wembley Fire Station in Harrow Road, was listed as definitely safe.
The borough’s other two fire stations, in Waxlow Road, Harlesden and Pound Lane, Willesden, are not listed as either safe or potentially closing.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson, whose City Hall controls the fire brigade’s budget, insisted there would be no impact in safety and emergency response times would not falter.
The document, first revealed by the BBC, is the brigade’s ‘preferred option.’
A total of 17 stations are listed for proposed closure including Islington and Westminster stations.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “Like virtually every other public service, the Brigade is facing the need to make savings. There is a target for these savings but the full details will not be known until at least December, when the Government announces its grant to the Brigade.
“We expect to be able to maintain our current target response times. No decisions about any possible fire station closures have yet been taken. Before they are, there will be a full public consultation.”