Campaigners who fought to save Sudbury’s second fire engine have expressed their delight at the decision.
However they have hit back at Suffolk county councillor Peter Beer for his comments following the recommendation by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service that the second appliance should be saved.
Ellen Murphy, Sudbury town councillor and member of Sudbury and Cornard Against Fire Cuts said: “Fantastic news, we would like to thank all the people who took the time to sign the questionnaires and to Councillor Kemp for his impassioned plea at County Hall in favour of preserving both fire engines.
“It is reassuring that elected councillors are finally listening to the voters.
“Without the questionnaires councillors would not have had an understanding of the strong public opinion against the proposed cuts.
“Finally, my praise to all the firefighters and volunteers who stood outside the town hall on wet and windy days, canvassing for what they believe in - well done everyone. A brilliant day for Sudbury and Cornard.”
County councillors in Sudbury and Great Cornard had been criticised for not publicly voicing their opinions on the cuts until last week.
However Peter Beer, Suffolk county councillor for Great Cornard, said he had spoken with firefighters and members of the public, as well as voicing his concerns with fire chiefs and council leaders.
“I am pleased at the end of the day we got what the people of Sudbury and the surrounding area want,” he said.
“We have listened to what the firemen and women and the public have said and have managed to convince the council to accept it. Although I am not totally against the RRV, I thought it was not the time for it in Sudbury.”
A spokesman for the campaign group said its members were ‘livid’ at Mr Beer’s words.
“After dozens of volunteers stood in all weather every Thursday and Saturday for three months, and Mr Beer ignored several emails inviting him to meet with Sudbury’s firefighters, campaigners are shocked Mr Beer is trying to claim some credit for plans being thrown out,” he said.
“He implies his personal lobbying is worth more than the opposition of thousands of residents.”
Sudbury and Cornard Against Fire Cuts pays homage to the real people who deserve credit for our local station keeping both its fire engines.
“The thousands who stopped and took time to fill in a response, over 100 who came to the public meeting, the people who filled in questionnaires online.
“They are the ones who forced this decision.”