The County Council have been forced to drop their plan to close Staines Fire Station this year (before the planned new station opens in late 2018). Campaigners, firefighters and local trade unionists should be very pleased with themselves. This shows that serious and determined campaigning by a united community can win results.
The County Council still intend to close both our local stations when they open the new one - and with half the number of appliances and firefighters - watch this space, the battle for Staines has been won but there is still the overall war to save our fire services to win.
Some local Tory councillors and our local MP are belatedly trying to claim credit for the u-turn by SCC but this is hard to stomach when they all belong to the same austerity-driven, neoliberal, anti-public sector Tory Party. the credit for this victory belongs entirely to the firefighters and their supporters within the community who were prepared to stand up and be counted. Save Our Services in Surrey are proud to have been a part of that.