Crunch meeting called to discuss possible fire station closures in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 08:17 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:25 10 July 2018

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd. Picture: Danny Loo

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd. Picture: Danny Loo

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A meeting has been called to discuss the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner's plans to close fire stations in Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City.

Hatfield Town Council leader Lenny Brandon. Picture: Danny LooHatfield Town Council leader Lenny Brandon. Picture: Danny Loo

The proposals are part of PCC David Lloyd’s bid to gain control of the fire service, which was outlined in his business case submitted to the Home Office last month.

The move sparked widespread opposition – including from Welwyn Hatfield Council and Hatfield Town Council – following which a meeting has been arranged.

Organisers have invited residents to join local councillors, who will be present along with representatives of the Fire Brigade Union. The PCC has also been invited.

HTC leader Lenny Brandon said: “This is something that will impact both towns, and residents have been telling us how concerned they are.

“They don’t know where to turn to for answers, so we’re giving them the chance to find out for themselves.”

It will be held at Hatfield’s Roe Hill Hall on Thursday, August 2, starting at 7.30pm.

Mr Lloyd has been contacted for comment. Updates to follow.

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