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Fire station threatened

by Tony Barnsley
Issue No. 2277

Up to 100 residents, firefighters, Labour Party and anti-cuts activists gathered in Halesowen town centre in Dudley last Saturday to fight the proposed closure of the town’s fire station.

Shoppers queued to sign a FBU firefighters’ union petition, which collected 600 names in just an hour.

They also took window posters reading, “Keep Halesowen fire station open”. The town was awash with shoppers wearing FBU stickers.

Even the local Tory MP, James Morris, has been forced into starting his own campaign against the closure. A local Tory councillor who has argued for the closure left in anger after he was jeered as he walked past the rally.

The final decision is due on 28 November.

Unfortunately a Labour chair of the West Midlands Fire Authority looks set to endorse the decision to close the fire station that has served Halesowen since 1958.

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Tue 8 Nov 2011, 18:05 GMT
Issue No. 2277
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