Torquay fire campaign goes to Downing Street
PRIME Minister David Cameron has been asked to intervene in the battle to stop planned cuts to fire service cover in Torquay.
Campaigners against the move were in Downing Street with community leader Susie Colley leading a delegation to Number 10 on Wednesday.
She was joined by members of the Torquay firefighters’ crew and Torbay councillors Vic Ellery and Stephen Brooksbank.
Mrs Colley, chairman of the Torquay Neighbourhood Plan, is battling to have Proposal 10 — which would see a reduction in full-time cover for the town — thrown out.
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The delegation was handing over a petition with 22,000 names — including those from a Herald Express Stop the Fire Cuts protest — to Downing Street.
Mrs Colley was also handing over a letter to Torbay MP Adrian Sanders requesting a formal meeting with the Prime Minister, along with Fire Brigade Union representatives, to discuss alternatives that would prevent the instigation of Proposal 10.
Mrs Colley said: “In the event that this cannot be arranged, I am considering that the next option will be to contact the European MP and ask for help from Europe in preventing this debacle from being foisted upon us.”
Her letter to Mr Cameron says: “I am appealing to you, as you are a stalwart of democracy and were instrumental in the promotion of localism, to instruct the fire authority to instigate a completely fresh consultation process.”