Surrey County councillors meeting to decide on axeing Epsom's fire engine on March 26
Plans to remove one of Epsom’s fire engines will be decided on by councillors next week.
Surrey County Council cabinet will discuss proposals to reconfigure fire services across Epsom and Ewell, and Reigate and Banstead, which would see new fire stations established in Salfords, south of Redhill, and the Burgh Heath area.
Under the plans, one of Epsom’s two engines would be relocated to Burgh Heath by 2014, which would nearly double the average time it would take for firefighters to start treating a serious fire in the town.
The council has argued that the proposed changes would provide quicker response times across the county as a whole.
Councillor Kay Hammond, cabinet member for community safety, said: "The demands made of the fire service have changed over time which means today not all of Surrey’s fire stations are in the right position.
"Creating two new fire stations will help re-balance cover and provide a quicker response time across the county.
"This will ensure that the fire service is evolving to meet the changing demands of today and the coming years."
A consultation on the plans, which was launched in December, was due to end in February, but was extended until the beginning of March, after Epsom Council said the consultation process had been "fundamentally flawed" and reconsidered.
All three parties in Epsom united to oppose the plan.
But just three people attended a meeting at Bourne Hall on Valentine's Day to hear about and give feedback on the plans.
The council's cabinet meeting will be held on March 26, at 2pm, in the Ashcombe Suite at County Hall, Kingston.