News from Len Duvall OBE: Residents urged to have their say over police and fire plans

08 December 2016

Residents in Greenwich & Lewisham urged to have their say over police and fire plans

 

Local residents in Greenwich & Lewisham are being asked to give their views on proposed changes to London’s police and fire services. Local London Assembly Member, Len Duvall AM, called on residents to respond to the Mayor of London’s draft police and crime plan and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s (LFEPA) draft London Safety Plan. Mr Duvall said it was vital London had “robust frontline services that meet the needs of our community” and urged local people not to miss the opportunity to have their voices heard. 

 

The Mayor of London’s draft police and crime plan, launched last week, identifies three new priorities for the capital including keeping children and young people safe, tackling violence against women and girls, and fighting extremism, hatred and intolerance. A greater focus is also placed on neighbourhood policing with Sadiq Khan confirming his plans to put two dedicated officers into every London neighbourhood by the end of 2017. Other key proposals include the appointment of a Victims’ Commissioner and reducing knife crime with more prevention and enforcement against selling and carrying knives.

 

Londoners are also being asked to give their views on their fire services after the Fire Authority set out its vision for the future of the Fire Brigade in the draft London Safety Plan (LSP). Proposals include expanding the London Fire Brigade’s capacity to deal with a terrorist incident and flooding. The recommendations follow Lord Toby Harris’ review into London’s terror preparedness and Anthony Mayer’s review of London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) resources. Proposals made by the Mayer Review to introduce attendance times for Fire Response Units, which carry specialist equipment such as heavy cutting apparatus, are also considered in the draft London Safety Plan.

 

Local London Assembly Member, Len Duvall AM, said:

 

“London is facing many challenges, not least the threat of terrorism and increases in violent crime it its many forms, and that can be a difficult pill to swallow. It’s vital we know our emergency services are fully resourced and prepped to deal with whatever may come our way. It’s reassuring that those responsible for our police and fire services have a strong vision for how they will keep Londoners safe.

 

“We need robust frontline services that meet the needs of our community. This is a genuine exercise from the Mayor and Fire Authority to gauge the views of Londoners and I’d urge local people not to miss this opportunity.”

 

ENDS

Notes to editors

  • The Mayor’s Draft Police and Crime Plan and LFEPA’s draft London Safety Plan can both be found here;
  • Drop in sessions on the London Safety Plan are being held across London throughout December and January. A list can be found below:

     

Location

Date

Address details

Museum pop-up (behind Lambeth fire station)

 

Wednesday, 14 December 1000 - 1600

The Workshop
Lambeth High Street
SE1 7JS

Surbiton Fire Station

Thursday, 15 December,

1600 -1900

31/33 Ewell Road Surbiton

KT6 6AF

Leytonstone Fire Station

 

Monday, 19 December,

1600 - 1900

466 High Road

E11 3HN

 

Soho Fire Station

Tuesday, 10 January

1600 - 1900

126 Shaftesbury Avenue

Croydon Fire Station

 

 

Wednesday, 11 January

1600 - 1900

90 Old Town

CR0 1AR

Tottenham Fire Station

 

 

Monday, 16 January

1200 - 1600

49 St Loys Road

N17 6UE

City Hall (lower ground floor)

 

Expected to be in January.

The Queen's Walk

SE1 2AA

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