A Leeds councillor has described talks with fire chiefs over controversial brigade cutback proposals as “constructive”.
Coun Mark Dobson (Lab, Garforth & Swillington) met with West Yorkshire’s chief fire officer, Simon Pilling, to express concern at plans to shut Garforth and Rothwell fire stations.
Mr Pilling wants to merge the two operations at a new station as part of a bid to cope with reductions in Government funding.
Coun Dobson, who was joined at the talks by fellow councillors Tom Murray and Andrea McKenna, said: “The meeting was constructive.
“We completely understand the depth and scope of the budget cuts the brigade is facing. At the same time, though, our view remains that Garforth and Rothwell are big enough communities to warrant their own individual fire stations. That is something we put across at the meeting.”