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Harrogate Socialists campaigned in the town centre today against the planned cuts to the fire service in North Yorkshire.

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The cuts proposed by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will affect fire stations in Harrogate, Ripon, Tadcaster, Scarborough, Northallerton and Malton:

  • Full-time fire-fighters are to be reduced by over 25%
  • Immediate high-rise rescue capabilities for hotels & businesses will be lost
  • The number of fire engines in Harrogate are to be halved
  • 46 immediate response fire engines will be reduced to 27 in an already over-stretched service
  • Emergency response times will be increased, putting both the public and fire-fighters at risk

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Simon Wall (Brigade Chair, North Yorkshire FBU) joins Harrogate Socialists on today’s street stall

The proposed cuts are now subject to a public consultation. To participate in the consultation see the following survey by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FCRhaveyoursay

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have also launched a website to highlight the detrimental impact of the cuts and the threat posed to public safety:

http://www.no2firecuts.com/

The website includes a link to an E petition which will go to the Fire Authority members and Andrew Jones MP.

Harrogate Socialist Party street stall – Saturday 19th September

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Harrogate Socialists are holding a further street stall in support of the FBU on Saturday 19th September. The stall will take place on Cambridge Street (near Primark) in the town centre, beginning at 11.00 and finishing around 1.00. All welcome!

Facts before Fracks – Public Meeting, Thursday 17th September

Licences to frack have recently been applied for in large areas of North Yorkshire. It is possible that Harrogate will be included in the next round of licensing applications.

There will be a public meeting in Harrogate about the dangers of fracking on Thursday 17th September. The venue is the Friends Meeting House, 12a Queen Parade, Harrogate, HG1 5PP, starting 7.00 pm. All welcome!

The meeting has been organised by Frack Free Harrogate – https://www.facebook.com/groups/FrackFreeHarrogateDistrict/

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