Last chance to have your say on fire cuts proposals

Bury firefighters are handing their petition against the proposed cuts to the service to the assistant chief fire officer. ANL-160216-134412009

Bury firefighters are handing their petition against the proposed cuts to the service to the assistant chief fire officer. ANL-160216-134412009

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This photo graph shows what thousands of people in Bury St Edmunds want to save after signing a petition against plans to slash Suffolk’s Fire budget.

On Tuesday the Bury fire crew handed in a petition signed by 6,203 residents against Suffolk County Council’s plan to cut the county’s fire budget by £1.34 million.

Bury firefighters are handing their petition against the proposed cuts to the service to the assistant chief fire officer. ANL-160216-134122009

Bury firefighters are handing their petition against the proposed cuts to the service to the assistant chief fire officer. ANL-160216-134122009

Matt Hassey, on behalf of the Bury crew, said they were grateful of the huge support they had received.

“The photograph taken today represents what we will be losing,” he said, “A fire engine and ten firefighters.

“That is for a saving of just £2.80 per person in Bury each year - you can’t even get a brown bin for that.

“For these guys this is an opportunity to thank the public and local businesses for their huge support.

“We had set a target of 5,000 signatures but to exceed that has been great.

“But the consultation doesn’t end until February 22.

“We are urging people to get involved and to respond to the consultation to try to save our engine and crew.”

Councillor Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for environment and public protection, said he was delighted the council had received almost 4,000 completed consultation questionnaires already.

“We will listen to all views before any final plans are agreed,” he said.

To have your say on the plans fill in the online questionnaire at www.suffolk.gov.uk.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday, February 22.