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Apollo Theatre: Almost half fire stations that sent engines set to close

20th Dec 13 10:07 am

Three of the eight fire stations that sent engines to the Apollo Theatre last night are set to close in less than three weeks unless a court ruling at midday today blocks the plans.

>> Update 12:10pm: The court has ruled that the plans will go ahead. Story updated below:

Westminster, Knightsbridge and Southwark fire stations, whose teams attended the Apollo Theatre ceiling collapse last night, will now close on 9 January 2014 under proposals from the Mayor’s office to close 10 fire stations in London.

The High Court ruling today rested on “a very narrow issue […] about whether Boris [Johnson] acted unlawfully in the way he went about [the proposals],” a London Fire Brigade Union (LBFU) spokesperson told LondonlovesBusiness.com.

The now-confirmed plans for cuts to London’s fire services will see the loss of more than 500 fire brigade posts in London, in a bid to save £28.8m over two years.

Seven London councils that will be impacted by the cuts brought the legal challenge in a bid to stop the plans.

The councils have previously said the plans were “legally flawed” and “could put lives at risk”.

Following a long-running dispute over the cuts, Boris Johnson said in September, when the proposals were approved: “Ensuring that London’s fire service is financially stable and keeping Londoners safe are my top priorities.”

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The LBFU also tweeted the news this morning:



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