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City council to consider response to proposed fire service cuts

City council to consider response to proposed fire service cuts

Published: 06/05/2016

Proposed changes to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service will be discussed by city councillors at a meeting next week.

City of Lincoln Council’s Community Leadership Scrutiny Committee – whose purpose is to speak up for the people of Lincoln on matters affecting their well being – will consider the potential impact of Lincolnshire County Council’s cost-saving measures on Thursday, May 12.

Residents are invited to attend the meeting, starting at 6pm in the Alive Conference Centre, in Newland, to hear the discussion, which will inform the council’s response to the consultation.

The county council plans to save £1.67 million over the next three years through a series of proposals, including changing the shift pattern at Lincoln South Fire Station.

Councillor Karen Lee, chair of the committee, said: “We understand that, as part of Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service is not immune to the financial challenges we are all facing in the public sector.

“However, members wish to consider the potential impact of the proposed changes on residents and businesses in Lincoln, in order to give an informed response to the consultation with the city’s interests at heart.

“We are particularly concerned about changes to the shift pattern at Lincoln South, and the impact this reduction in cover might have on the city.”

The outcome of the meeting will inform the response to the consultation from the council.

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