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Norfolk PCC should give us the facts about fire service proposals, Lynn News Letters


By Lynn News Reporter


This is when he has not yet told the public exactly which communities will be affected by the front line cuts spelled out in his Business Case – 17 stations closed; eight full-size fire engines lost; unspecified number of firefighters lost in voluntary redundancies? I asked for a map. Where is it?

GV Picture of a Protest Banner against PCC Takeover of the Norfolk Fire Service, which is positioned near the traffic lights opposite Norfolk Lavender on the A149 at Heacham.. (3926281)
GV Picture of a Protest Banner against PCC Takeover of the Norfolk Fire Service, which is positioned near the traffic lights opposite Norfolk Lavender on the A149 at Heacham.. (3926281)

To prove this accountability and transparency, he should come to County Hall next week and give the public the full facts before his consultation ends, or really, it has to be said that this consultation is too short on detail to be accountable, transparent or valid.

I am shocked Lorne Green said in the print version of the Lynn News on August 10 that he had not been involved in the development of the Business Case and we should not “take it as gospel.”

How is it being more accountable if he did not shape his own Business Case, that he is now consulting with the public on? How is it more transparent if he says we can’t take his ness Case as gospel?

How much did he pay for this Business Case? It was supposed to be the full Business Case, so why is it now being called a draft? Will he consult the public again if he changes it? If not, how would that be accountable or transparent?

How would the Fire Service be more accountable in the hands of one man, instead of the Communities Committee and 84 county councillors, when he says he won’t be making the decisions to close stations if he takes over, but would leave the crucial decisions to unelected officers?

At the county council, there is much, much more opportunity for challenge and scrutiny than this.

Alexandra Kemp

County Councillor Clenchwarton and King’s Lynn South



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