Herts PCC rejects invite to discuss Welwyn Hatfield fire stations plan
PUBLISHED: 11:05 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:05 17 July 2018
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has said he will not attend a meeting to discuss his proposals for the future of the fire service.
David Lloyd submitted a business case outlining how the fire service headquarters could be moved to the county police station in Welwyn Garden City, with WGC and Hatfield fire stations potentially closing and folding into the joint new base.
His plans sparked opposition from the county, borough and town councils, and saw Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps withdraw his support last week.
Local Labour councillors have set up a meeting next month, which will see members of the Fire Brigade Union join residents to discuss the plans.
However, after inviting Mr Lloyd, a spokesman for the PCC responded in an email seen by the WHT, saying: “Thank you for this invite to the Commissioner.
“As he currently has no role in the governance of fire and rescue services it would be premature of him or anyone from his office to attend.
“If and when fire governance is transferred from Hertfordshire County Council to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, he will convene his own meetings.”
Councillor Max Holloway said the response was “disappointing” as the proposals being discussed are his ideas.
“I sincerely hope he’ll rethink and join the residents he was elected to represent on Thursday, August 2,” he added.