More than 4500 people sign petition to save Clapham Fire Station


Councillors urged residents to attend a ‘last chance’ public meeting.


By SWLondoner staff

Lambeth politicians handed over a petition calling for Clapham Fire Station to be saved to London Assembly member Val Shawcross yesterday.

The petition has been signed by more than 4,500 people, and Val Shawcross, London Assembly member for Lambeth and Southwark, will take it to City Hall to present it to the Mayor of London.

Councillor Lib Peck, leader of Lambeth Council said that the petition proved the support behind the campaign to keep the fire station open.

“This petition indicates the weight of public opinion about the future of Clapham Fire Station,” he said.

“Last month the London Fire Authority organised a meeting in every London borough. Lambeth’s was the best attended by a long way with well over 200 people attending the meeting.”

Next Monday, June 17, a public meeting will be held in Clapham Library, which will be the last chance for residents to show Boris Johnson why the station should remain open.

Councillor Wellbelove, who presented the petition, said that the support against the proposals was overwhelming.

“Residents support the campaign because the Fire Brigade’s own figures show the closure of Clapham Fire Station would mean residents waiting an extra four minutes for a fire engine to arrive,” he said.

“That’s completely unacceptable and we urge the Mayor of London and his London Fire Authority to listen and reverse their plan to close Clapham station.”

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