Boris Johnson overrules chiefs on fire station closures - and fails to back Lewisham Hospital

"Outrageous" - Boris Johnson

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BORIS Johnson has taken the unprecedented step of issuing a mayoral directive to consult on 12 fire station closures in London - including New Cross, Downham and Woolwich.

Last week, fire chiefs at the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority rejected the money-saving proposals - which would also see 520 jobs axed.

But Mr Johnson has decided to use his mayoral powers to go ahead with the consultation anyway.

The Mayor of London said: "There have been some outrageous claims that the Fire Commissioner and I would put lives of Londoners at risk, so I have directed the plans to go for consultation as planned because the option presented by the authority is unfit for purpose and unsustainable in budget terms.

"It is essential that the London Fire Brigade continues to modernise so that it can remain one of the world's leading rescue services and is equipped to respond to 21st century fire fighting needs.

"It's right that tough decisions have to be made in times of economic uncertainty."

Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Stephen Knight said: "This is a sad day for democracy and an even sadder day for the safety of Londoners.  

"However much the mayor attempts to spin this issue the reality is that he alone is forcing through the closure of 12 London fire stations and increasing response times for far too many Londoners.

"The mayor has immense financial freedom and could easily decide to provide the modest extra funding needed to ensure that no fire stations would have to close."

A&E

The news comes after Mr Johnson refused to back the fight to save Lewisham Hospital's A&E this morning.

When asked about the issue at City Hall, he replied that the administrators had made a "powerful argument" to shut the A&E.

He said: "It would be inappropriate for me, wrong for me, to do what you want me to do in respect of Lewisham A&E"

Green London Assembly Member and Lewisham councillor Darren Johnson hit out at the mayor's comments.

He said: "The mayor was very clear in his opposition to hospital closures back in 2008, but he is now refusing to stand up against the crazy proposal to close Lewisham A&E.

"He has failed to get any of the reassurances he sought regarding the plans to cut services at Lewisham and seems blind to the negative impact on things like waiting times, blue light response times and travel times."

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7:46pm Wed 30 Jan 13

RoisinR says...

wot a typical Tory hypocrite boris is. only 2 and half years ago he was marching & campaigning in sidcup to save Queen marys hospital. now his Tory bosses want to scap it hes bottled out.
and when we get burnt in fires raging so long because the nearest firestation has closed its a VERY VERY long bus ride to the nearest A&E for treatment.
and wot about the ambulances u cry?
the waiting time for them has climbed to over 2 hrs due to Tory danger cuts.

If the tories do not believe in public service then they should all stand down because public service includes politicians.
oh the money & expenses & pensions are just tooooo good
wot a typical Tory hypocrite boris is. only 2 and half years ago he was marching & campaigning in sidcup to save Queen marys hospital. now his Tory bosses want to scap it hes bottled out. and when we get burnt in fires raging so long because the nearest firestation has closed its a VERY VERY long bus ride to the nearest A&E for treatment. and wot about the ambulances u cry? the waiting time for them has climbed to over 2 hrs due to Tory danger cuts. If the tories do not believe in public service then they should all stand down because public service includes politicians. oh the money & expenses & pensions are just tooooo good RoisinR
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8:10pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Slonik says...

Yeah keep on borrowing and spending like there's no tomorrow...

For what it's worth, I think we need Lewisham A&E and the decision to close it is very short sighted and should be reversed. However, 'Tory hypocrites' weren't responsible for the pfi contracts at the root of this mess, thoroughly inept New Labour hypocrites were so let's not forget that.
Yeah keep on borrowing and spending like there's no tomorrow... For what it's worth, I think we need Lewisham A&E and the decision to close it is very short sighted and should be reversed. However, 'Tory hypocrites' weren't responsible for the pfi contracts at the root of this mess, thoroughly inept New Labour hypocrites were so let's not forget that. Slonik
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8:51pm Wed 30 Jan 13

RoisinR says...

Slonik wrote:
Yeah keep on borrowing and spending like there's no tomorrow... For what it's worth, I think we need Lewisham A&E and the decision to close it is very short sighted and should be reversed. However, 'Tory hypocrites' weren't responsible for the pfi contracts at the root of this mess, thoroughly inept New Labour hypocrites were so let's not forget that.
oh yeah slonik in case u havent noticed the condem self serving & self defeating austerity measures have led to greater borrowing, an unprecented triple dip recession that only the tory millionaires & their mates are benefitting from.
im no fan of new labour but pfis were created under tory major & continued under this ridiculous unelected govt.
and meridian the current SLHT pfi holders reside in a channel island tax haven & Camborne fail to address that.
yeah slonik lets all sit back & watch the tories rip up our essential services while they laugh all the way to the bank.
bumbling buffoon boris & james broken promises(tory bexley mp) & lansley all promised to save queen marys sidcup
& cameron promised no closures of a&es against local & clinical wishes & promised b4 elected to save lewisham.
i will let others judge the degree of hypocrisy. its clear to me
[quote][p][bold]Slonik[/bold] wrote: Yeah keep on borrowing and spending like there's no tomorrow... For what it's worth, I think we need Lewisham A&E and the decision to close it is very short sighted and should be reversed. However, 'Tory hypocrites' weren't responsible for the pfi contracts at the root of this mess, thoroughly inept New Labour hypocrites were so let's not forget that.[/p][/quote]oh yeah slonik in case u havent noticed the condem self serving & self defeating austerity measures have led to greater borrowing, an unprecented triple dip recession that only the tory millionaires & their mates are benefitting from. im no fan of new labour but pfis were created under tory major & continued under this ridiculous unelected govt. and meridian the current SLHT pfi holders reside in a channel island tax haven & Camborne fail to address that. yeah slonik lets all sit back & watch the tories rip up our essential services while they laugh all the way to the bank. bumbling buffoon boris & james broken promises(tory bexley mp) & lansley all promised to save queen marys sidcup & cameron promised no closures of a&es against local & clinical wishes & promised b4 elected to save lewisham. i will let others judge the degree of hypocrisy. its clear to me RoisinR
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9:22pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

A nice little subtle left wing slant with the photo of Boris Newshopper. Couldn't you find one with him wearing a red nose and big shoes ?
A nice little subtle left wing slant with the photo of Boris Newshopper. Couldn't you find one with him wearing a red nose and big shoes ? Gypo.Joe
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11:38pm Wed 30 Jan 13

londonlive says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
A nice little subtle left wing slant with the photo of Boris Newshopper. Couldn't you find one with him wearing a red nose and big shoes ?
that's right mate, it's the photo that matters. The health service closures that he supports are secondary...
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: A nice little subtle left wing slant with the photo of Boris Newshopper. Couldn't you find one with him wearing a red nose and big shoes ?[/p][/quote]that's right mate, it's the photo that matters. The health service closures that he supports are secondary... londonlive
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10:08am Thu 31 Jan 13

rescaaffering oldey says...

...looks like boris has just read the erastus piggott poem!! rofl!!
...looks like boris has just read the erastus piggott poem!! rofl!! rescaaffering oldey
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10:32am Thu 31 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

londonlive wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
A nice little subtle left wing slant with the photo of Boris Newshopper. Couldn't you find one with him wearing a red nose and big shoes ?
that's right mate, it's the photo that matters. The health service closures that he supports are secondary...
Sorry I see that went right over your head. Never mind, and I haven't got time to explain to you. What's the headlines in Pravda today ?
[quote][p][bold]londonlive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: A nice little subtle left wing slant with the photo of Boris Newshopper. Couldn't you find one with him wearing a red nose and big shoes ?[/p][/quote]that's right mate, it's the photo that matters. The health service closures that he supports are secondary...[/p][/quote]Sorry I see that went right over your head. Never mind, and I haven't got time to explain to you. What's the headlines in Pravda today ? Gypo.Joe
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10:59am Thu 31 Jan 13

jar adras says...

Conservatives do not care about closing A&E at Lewisham, they have no seats to lose - in the council or national parliament ! Decision any time now from Jeremy Hunt, lets wait and see if people power wins
Conservatives do not care about closing A&E at Lewisham, they have no seats to lose - in the council or national parliament ! Decision any time now from Jeremy Hunt, lets wait and see if people power wins jar adras
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1:55pm Thu 31 Jan 13

hereallweek says...

Why are people surprised? When these cuts were first suggested, in 2010, Boris was confronted at the GLA and stated that he does not thinbk cuts are an issue, they will not happen and there is no point discussing them. This paper supported Boris with a banner across the top 'No Ken again'. OK, yes it was a paid advert but if you want to be seen as apolitical then don't carry such ads. The NS played it's part in getting Boris re-elected and in turn in this disgraceful attack on our elected members. the Fire Authority voted against the cuts. They are people from each Borough. Boris is taking his name a bit far, back to the dark days of the Kremlin it seems.
Why are people surprised? When these cuts were first suggested, in 2010, Boris was confronted at the GLA and stated that he does not thinbk cuts are an issue, they will not happen and there is no point discussing them. This paper supported Boris with a banner across the top 'No Ken again'. OK, yes it was a paid advert but if you want to be seen as apolitical then don't carry such ads. The NS played it's part in getting Boris re-elected and in turn in this disgraceful attack on our elected members. the Fire Authority voted against the cuts. They are people from each Borough. Boris is taking his name a bit far, back to the dark days of the Kremlin it seems. hereallweek
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11:14pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Was1983 says...

The problem with Boris is that he isn't bothered about London anymore.
He won't be standing for Mayor again.
His sights are set on higher things,
Boris will get himself a safe Tory seat
- but not in London.
The problem with Boris is that he isn't bothered about London anymore. He won't be standing for Mayor again. His sights are set on higher things, Boris will get himself a safe Tory seat - but not in London. Was1983
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12:18am Mon 4 Feb 13

goldenbroomboy says...

Slonik wrote:
Yeah keep on borrowing and spending like there's no tomorrow... For what it's worth, I think we need Lewisham A&E and the decision to close it is very short sighted and should be reversed. However, 'Tory hypocrites' weren't responsible for the pfi contracts at the root of this mess, thoroughly inept New Labour hypocrites were so let's not forget that.
The discussion is about local services rarther than snide comments.

Even I can make snide comments.
[quote][p][bold]Slonik[/bold] wrote: Yeah keep on borrowing and spending like there's no tomorrow... For what it's worth, I think we need Lewisham A&E and the decision to close it is very short sighted and should be reversed. However, 'Tory hypocrites' weren't responsible for the pfi contracts at the root of this mess, thoroughly inept New Labour hypocrites were so let's not forget that.[/p][/quote]The discussion is about local services rarther than snide comments. Even I can make snide comments. goldenbroomboy
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