Cabinet confirm £1million fire service cuts but Sudbury retains second engine

Campaign against loss of Sudbury's second fire engine
Campaign against loss of Sudbury's second fire engine
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Suffolk County Council’s cabinet has voted unanimously in favour of cuts to the fire service but Sudbury will retain its second fire engine.

Cabinet met this afternoon to discuss the council’s Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) which will see £1 million slashed from the fire budget.

While there may be celebrations in Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds loses one of its fire engines and six on-call firefighters.

The proposals have proved very unpopular with residents in Bury with more than 6,100 people signing a petition against the plans.

Results of a 14-week consultation showed that of 1,654 questionnaires received, 77 percent of people disagreed with the removal of Bury’s third engine and 61 percent strongly disagreed.

Unlike in Sudbury, where Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service went back on proposals to replace its second appliance with a rapid response vehicle after large-scale opposition, Bury has seen its engine removal backed by cabinet.

Elsewhere in the county Wrentham will keep its fire station.

Wrentham’s fire engine will be replaced by a rapid response engine and its on-call crew reduced by three.

Ipswich Princes Street fire station will lose one of two full-time fire engines and 16 full-time crew.

Ipswich East will lose its third fire engine and six on-call firefighters and Lowestoft South will lose one engine and six on-call firefighters.