Victory for common sense

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As we continue to celebrate what was a great victory for common sense and of course public safety I would like to thank a number of people who put their personal life on hold for three months while the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service consultation process was in full swing.

Young Phil Bailey who spearheaded the Save The Ridge Fire Station campaign and galvanised public support locally in Hastings.

Sandie Bell from Pett who equally ensured that the community she lives in had a voice about the proposals being put forward by ESFRS.

Fire Brigade Unions Representative Mark Brown, who wanted to ensure that the members he represents, the Fire Fighters were not being pushed into potentially dangerous working practices whilst they were working hard to keep you and your communities safe.

Sarah Owen Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate who also worked flat out to support the Campaign group.

And finally Sol Buckner, chief reporter at the Hastings Observer who along with his team at The Observer kept the issue live week on week. That was so important, if you combine that with the extensive use of social media sites by the campaign group it all made for a very desirable outcome for Hastings and the surrounding villages. Hastings will now continue to enjoy the fire cover here that we rightly should have.

Councillor Phil Scott

Labour Group Leader

East Sussex Fire Authority