Any cuts are unacceptable

WE are very concerned that all of the proposed changes are to frontline firefighters - the people we rely on when we need help most. This is unacceptable.

During the campaign to save The Ridge Fire Station from closure, thousands of people told me they want to see their firefighters protected and that strong level of feeling has not changed.

Of course we need to make savings, but not from the frontline which will see response times increase and fire prevention work suffer. It is irresponsible and short-sighted to play one fire station off against the other and I am working with firefighters across East Sussex to ensure that they and the public are not put at greater risk.

On February 14, the majority of the 18 elected councillors on East Sussex Fire Authority voted to consult on downgrade plans to The Ridge Fire Station in Hastings, Battle Fire Station and one of three fire stations in the city of Brighton and Hove. Only Labour councillors Phil Scott (Hastings), Michael Wincott (Hastings) and Bob Carden (Brighton) voted against the plan.

SARAH OWEN

Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate

Hastings & Rye constituency office

Bohemia Road

St Leonards