Fire Stations in Norfolk will be protected from closure, Norfolk Conservatives have vowed.
The stations at Heacham, Outwell and West Walton have been earmarked for the axe by the Labour, UKIP, Lib Dem and Green councillors who run the county council.
At a crucial budget meeting today, however, Conservative members of the council’s community committee proposed to reject the plans to close the fire stations.
With a majority on the all-important Policy and Resources Committee, the Conservatives are in a position to follow through on this by ensuring that the stations are saved, when it comes up for debate.
At the same meeting, Conservatives also proposed to reject cuts to the county’s libraries, as well as to the Records Office
Speaking about this issue, Conservative Group leader, Cliff Jordan, said:
“We refuse to let the council play fast and loose with public safety.
“People in the affected areas have spoken loud and clear about their concerns. For too long, the leadership at county hall has shown a cavalier attitude towards local residents, and towards the precious front-line services that people in our county value.
“Conservatives value these services too, and we give notice that we will put a stop to this neglect: we pledge to restore the front-line that is being severely damaged by the current administration.”