Mansfield fire engine loss is ‘flawed’

A REVIEW which has recommended Mansfield loses one of its fire engines is ‘severely flawed’, according to the town’s MP.

Sir Alan Meale says the document produced by fire chiefs ignores the population growth expected in the town over the next few years.

And he has written to members of Nottinghamshire Fire Authority to express his concern as a public consultation into future fire cover in the county continues.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has to make savings of more than a third over the next three years and the review suggests Mansfield loses a retained engine and an aerial ladder platform.

But Sir Alan says around 25,000 new homes are expected to be built in the town over the next few years, which is likely to increase the population by 60,000.

He said in the letter: “Despite many statistical reasons put forth in the review for removing the appliance, the document does not take into account perhaps the most important factor to be considered in making such a decision, that of the estimated population growth within the town.”

By ignoring these facts, Sir Alan claims the review cannot be ‘thoroughly researched and valid’.

He also disputes fire chiefs’ claims that by creating a new full-time fire station at Edwinstowe people in the area will remain safe.

And Sir Alan says he is ‘extremely disappointed’ by the way consultation with the public has been carried out.

“The seriousness of the matter deserves a serious public debate,” he said.

He claims the consultation has been too reliant on an online questionnaire and there are too few copies of the fire review document available.