There has been understandable anger and upset at the proposed overnight closure of Wallasey Fire Station on Mill Lane in Liscard. The changes would see the nearest fire stations responding to an emergency in Liscard or New Brighton based in either Birkenhead or Saughall Massie between 8:30pm and 8:30am. This is not acceptable given that in fires additional seconds can cost lives.
Worryingly these proposals are potentially being brought forward to next month, as opposed to the original implementation date of early 2019. This will result in near-zero consultation of local residents on the matter. The fact that Saughall Massie Fire Station has not yet been built, also means that Wallasey would be dependant wholly on Birkenhead Fire Station and those further afield for any support.
Along with the motions passed at Wallasey CLP, I have written to the Acting Chief Fire Officer making clear my serious concerns with these proposals.
It is important that Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MRFS) receive the funding they need from the Tory Government to adequately staff the fire service. Up to now they have cut 50% of the authority’s budget, resulting in these changes that have put our community at risk. However, in the interim, MRFS must listen to residents and pause the overnight closure of Wallasey Fire Station.
I will continue to work closely on this matter with unions, local residents and the three Liscard Councillors.
I was out collecting signatures on Saturday 28th July, and if you haven’t already done so, you can add your name to the petition opposing the overnight closure here.