Residents voice anger at fire station ruling

The Ridge Fire Station. Procession/protest about the proposed closure of the fire station.'07.10.12.'Pictures by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY'Cllr Nigel Siden, Andy Ives and Veronica Prebble show their support at the Rally.

The Ridge Fire Station. Procession/protest about the proposed closure of the fire station.'07.10.12.'Pictures by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY'Cllr Nigel Siden, Andy Ives and Veronica Prebble show their support at the Rally.

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HUNDREDS of residents turned out to take part in a mass rally to oppose any potential downgrading of The Ridge Fire Station.

Up to 400 supporters vented their anger at the county fire authority’s decision to recommend the downgrading of the station.

Pictures by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY Cllr Jeremy Birch (left) with protesters on The Ridge

Pictures by: TONY COOMBES PHOTOGRAPHY Cllr Jeremy Birch (left) with protesters on The Ridge

It was the first major event to be organised during a 12-week consultation period.

The rally was put together by an organising committee including local resident Phil Bailey, county councillor and fire authority member Phil Scott and Ore councillors Michael Wincott and Richard Street.

The supporters marched a mile from the fire station to Ore Community Centre supported by the Sambalanco Drum group and another drum group.

At the centre, a series of speeches were given from organisers including county councillor Phil Scott, Fire Brigade Union branch secretary Mark Brown, Ore councillor Michael Wincott and prospective parliamentary candidate Sarah Owen.

Two senior officers from the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service also attended.

An organising group is expected to meet this week to discuss further community meetings and events.

Cllr Scott said: “It was a fantastic turnout. Residents from across the Ore and rural areas had their say and a clear show of hands at the end of the meeting left ESFRS officers in no doubt as to their concerns.”