A committee of Welwyn Hatfield Council has recently agreed a proposal to object to plans proposed by the Conservative Police and
Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, to bring Hertfordshire Fire Service under his control.
Following ‘cross party’ objections to the plans by Hatfield Town Council and Hertfordshire County Council itself, the matter was
Councillor Kieran Thorpe, who spoke at the meeting said:discussed at
the Council’s Social Overview and Scrutiny committee as an urgent matter.
There is huge irony in this un-needed, resource draining Police Commissioner trying to use the prospect of service efficiencies (Cuts) as a justification for taking over our fire service in Hertfordshire. It is the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner that should be axed to save money, not the independence of the Fire Brigade.
It surely must be preferable that Hertfordshires Fire Service remains under the scrutiny of 78 County Councilors, not an individual who has no business treating these life-line services as a business.
Every single political party on Hertfordshire County Council united to reject these plans. Hatfield Town Council has rejected these plans, and I am glad that Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council will also formally respond to this consultation and reject these plans too.
Recent events in London have shown the crucial role our fire service has in times of emergency, but aside from attending blazes, Hertfordshire fighters are regularly called to attend traffic incidents on our increasingly busy road network.
I urge all residents to respond to the consultation by email and give this Conservative Commissioner a clear indication that enough is enough, our Fire service must be protected from cuts and not be brought under his control.
Regardless of being under the control of the PCC or the County Council, cuts to emergency services under this Conservative Government are real threat. Labour will always fight against these and argue that public services, particularly emergency services are exactly what people pay taxes for.