Having thought he could unilaterally close down key fire stations Boris realised he was facing a deluge of public opposition so, furiously back pedalling, he got a minion to put this out!
"On Wednesday 17 October there were numerous reports in the media which
purported to set out proposals for fire stations in London. I am afraid
that these reports misrepresented our current position. I would like
to try and clarify matters.
The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority has been asked by the
Mayor of London to examine the opportunity for reductions in the budget
available to London Fire Brigade. As part of that process, the
Commissioner and the Chairman of LFEPA have been talking to the party
Group Leaders on the Authority about the various ways in which that
might be achieved. There are many different options under
At a very early stage in discussions, papers prepared for consultation
with senior members of the Authority have become public, and the
specific content of these papers misrepresent where we are currently. I
regret this and I would like to apologise to you for this premature
disclosure of work that is unfinished and which will almost inevitably
change before it is completed. At this stage the Authority is not
considering making a firm decision on any of the options put forward.
The Commissioner has set out the attendance time impacts and deployment
consequences of response time modelling, but has been absolutely clear
with Authority Members that his work is not yet finished and that there
are more considerations yet to be taken into account.
Before any decisions are made about fire stations in London there will
be a full public consultation and I will ensure that you,
and all other Members of Parliament representing London constituencies,
are informed directly and not via the media, and I hope you will take
part in that consultation