Uckfield councillors urged to oppose fire cuts

Town councillors are being urged to oppose fire service cuts which would see Uckfield lose one appliance and a number of full-time firefighters.

Cllr Ben Cox tells fellow members of the general purposes committee, who meet tonight:

“To stand by and allow the cuts to take place without question will be a dereliction of duty by the councillors to put the safety of the community first.”

He is asking councillors to respond to a consultation on proposals saying: “This council believes that the proposed cuts will put the town and its villages at risk, and in danger.

“The council wholeheartedly disagrees with the cuts.”

Cllr Cox wants to push back on the cuts and fight to keep “the high standards and first rate fire service that the people of Uckfield deserve”.

The cuts are part of wider plans published by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service which are out for public consultation until June 19.

The Fire Brigades Union has described the proposals as “drastic changes” to how services are delivered.

East Sussex Fire Authority says there is significant uncertainty about its funding beyond 2020/21 with the Government planning to review how much it spends on public services.

Detailed proposals and information on how to take part in the consultation can be found on the ESFRS website.

Read more about planned cuts to the service in previous Uckfield News stories:

Uckfield fire cuts – protests grow

In-depth analysis of how Uckfield fire cuts could affect you

Cuts proposed for Uckfield Fire Station 

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