Plans to cut Coleshill Fire Station’s budget and scrap one of its two fire engines have been announced by Warwickshire County Council.

The plans contained in the Council’s Cabinet’s budget proposals for 2019/2020 were voted on in January and surprisingly both of Coleshill’s Conservative County Councillors voted for the proposals. A final vote on the Council budget will be held in February.

Labour and Co-Operative Candidate for Coleshill North, Jack Deakin said;

“This would be terrible news for Coleshill. The importance of a second engine at the station cannot be underestimated. We’re smack bang in the middle of the motorway network, a couple of miles from an international airport and the station covers many tens of square miles of North Warwickshire. This proposal would be a disaster for local people, and I will do everything I can to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

Labour’s Claire Breeze, who is standing in Coleshill South this May said;

“Today, Labour candidates have been out campaigning today to speak to as many residents as possible to build a community campaign with a view to stopping these cuts to our local station. Yet again, Coleshill is being singled out for cuts because our Conservative Councillors had their eye off the ball. They voted for a document that has now become the ‘cabinet budget proposals’ without any concern for the safety of local people. I will do all I can to make sure we protect Coleshill, our firefighters and the many tens of thousands of people who pass our town every day on the motorways and major road network.”

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