Or - there might be now finally some Londoners waking up to the consequences of it all and start protesting now ... ? Let's see if people stop drinking tea and start a revolution this side of the channel, for once.
Firefighters formally call for GLA investigation into Boris Johnson’s ‘campaign of lies’ on fire safety
Who: Three retired senior firefighter officers
What: Delivery in person of formal complaint against Mayor Boris Johnson
Where: Entrance to City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA
When: Wednesday 8 January 2014 at 11.30am
Confirmation of protest action, please come / spread the word, thank you.
On Thursday, 9th January, at 8:30 a.m. there will be one big protest held against the closure of the 10 London fire stations, the loss of fire fighters jobs and reduction of fire engines at Clerkenwell Fire Station EC1R 4RN 42-44 Rosebery Avenue/161 Farringdon Road
Clerkenwell Fire Station is the oldest operating fire station in Britain (1872). Like Southwark, it is due to be closed on the 9th.
Concerns voiced by local residents, councillors and Southwark council were justified.
Those concerns about traffic jams on the Lower Thames St, Thames St and Southwark Bridge itself will hinder the Dowgate fire engine to reach emergencies in Cathedral Ward, the area safely covered before by Southwark Fire station.
Yesterday, during the tube strike traffic chaos and the unfortunate weather conditions would increase the time needed for Dowgate from their station to the crossing of Southwark Bridge Rd and Southwark St at least 30 minutes.
I saw one police car, siren and blue lights switched on, struggling to get through vehicles which could not make way. On the bridge they were stopped by the concrete borders, on Southwark Bridge Rd by tourist coaches, on Thames St by non-moving traffic. This was a small agile police car getting through, slowly, eventually. A proper sized fire engine would have had no chance whatsoever.
Those concerns were mentioned to the LFB, Boris Johnson and LFEPA. However, we were always belittled and dismissed that of course this plan is created by professionals and they do not what they are doing. We saw yesterday, that this is not the case.
And as those conditions lasted for two days, we cannot dismiss them as insignificant.
>> If you come across similar problems of the new fire cover plans please do report them to LFEPA and the council (and if you have time post them here). Many thanks.