There are just 4 day’s left for members of the public to respond to a consultation into plans by Hertfordshire’s Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner to take over YOUR Fire Service with the intent of making ‘efficiencies’.
The Fire service is currently separate to the Police, and operates under the scrutiny of 78 Hertfordshire County Councillors representing residents all over Hertfordshire.
Hertfordshire County Councillors have unanimously rejected these plans, so too have Hatfield Town Council and also Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems. All agree this is not the way to go.
However against the threat of further cuts to those who are there to help us in times of emergency, Hertfordshire’s Members of Parliament including Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps have written to the Police Commissioner to support this idea – using their well worn arguments of “back office efficiencies protecting front line services”. These MPs are well aware of the reality however, when this has been said before – front line services have suffered and service levels have dropped.
It is clear that while Councillors of all political parties oppose this scheme in the interests of residents, Conservative MPs are more interested in helping the government make more dangerous cuts to emergency services.
This is a public consultation, make sure you have your say before August 14th, email the commissioner and tell - him hands off our fire service! firstname.lastname@example.org
And make sure you remember how once again, when it comes to standing up for local residents or public services, you can’t rely on Grant Shapps.