Sadly, the council cabinet went ahead, despite the protests, despite the 92% of local people being opposed and the 1200 signature petition presented by Save Our Services in Surrey at the meeting. Despite the serious safety concerns of the Fire Brigades Union voiced by the Surrey Secretary Richard Jones.
The decision will now have to be ratified by the full council meeting on 11th February and a business plan brought back to the Cabinet for final approval. We are continuing to fight against these proposals as:
1) We believe the consultation to have been flawed - there was no consultation over the current preferred option (5) to have an on-call fire appliance based at the new station.
2) There has not been a cost or risk analysis of the new option. The business plan has yet to even be drafted.
We will keep people informed here when we know any more. There are likely to be further protests so watch this space.