Fire cover remains a concern in Wrexham and I have told Fire Chiefs of my opposition to cuts in a face to face meeting.
I met with the Plaid Cymru Chair of North Wales Fire Authority, Meirick Lloyd Davis, Chief Fire Officer Simon Smith and Assistant Chief Gary Brandreth to hear why they support reducing fire cover in Wrexham. The proposals were part of a package put forward last year and I was one of a range of politicians to voice concerns when the proposals were put out for consultation.
There is much concern in Wrexham at the level of arsons locally and, only last week, the Police and Fire Service launched a campaign highlighting the dangers.
In this context, it is difficult to understand why local reductions in cover are proposed. The Chair and Chief Executive explained that the Authority was under severe financial pressure and, as a result of wanting to keep fire station in rural areas across North Wales open, they were cutting services in Wrexham.
As Wrexham’s MP, I oppose this.
Firefighters have told me personally these changes will diminish the service in the town. I am trying to work to reverse this decision which, fundamentally, is due to Tory UK Government cuts.