Public meeting to be held over future of Heacham fire station
- Credit: Ian Burt
Residents campaigning to save a fire station under threat of closure have organised a public meeting to voice concerns at the proposals.
Heacham Fire Station has been earmarked for closure as part of Norfolk County Council's efforts to identify a 25pc reduction in spending over the next five years and plug a £111m funding gap.
But campaigners are urging officials to listen to local opinion and have organised a public meeting on Saturday
Roy Harold, Norfolk's recently appointed chief fire officer, has confirmed with organisers that he will attend.
Campaigner Tracey Swann said: 'People in Heacham are very concerned about safety if the fire station closes.
'Hundreds more homes are being built in this area and the A149 is a very busy road. Surely this means we need fire and rescue services to be closer – not further away?'
She added: 'If anything major happens, it will take much longer for crews from Hunstanton, Sandringham and King's Lynn to get here.'
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The Facebook group 'Save Heacham Fire Station' has almost 1,300 members who regularly post concerns at the proposed closure.
Norfolk County Council has launched a public consultation into the proposals. Two options are outlined, both involve closing Heacham and either West Walton or Outwell, near Wisbech.
It is claimed that closing Heacham and West Walton will save almost £146,500, while shutting Heacham and Outwell will also save just over £132,700.
A spokesman for Norfolk County Council stressed that the proposals are still a matter of public consultation and any final decisions will be made in the council's budget meeting in February.
- The public meeting will be held from 2pm in the Old Friends Hall, Sunnyside in Heacham, PE31 7DU.
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