COMMUNITY safety watchdogs in Wakefield are to have their say over cost-cutting plans which would see Ossett Fire Station axed.
The plans have already sparked protests by Fire Brigade Union (FBU) chiefs as well as community campaigners.
Now Wakefield Council’s Community Safety Overview and Scrutiny Committee will run the rule over the plans, which would save up to £12m, at a meeting next week.
Under a West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service review, Ossett Fire Station would close and be replaced with a new station closer to Wakefield. One of two engines based at Wakefield would be cut.
A report to the scrutiny board, which will meet on November 12, says: “The new station will be sited in a location that will continue to provide cover for the area served by the existing Ossett station as well as back up for Wakefield. Targeted community safety and risk reduction activities will continue focussing on the areas most affected by the proposals prior to implementation.”
The plans are part of a huge wave of cost-cutting across the region, which has been drawn up in the wake of massive government funding cuts.
The fire service is set to lose up to £30m of its budget by 2020 and the proposals will include the loss of 200 firefighter posts in West Yorkshire.
In Leeds, stations in Cookridge, Moortown, Garforth, Rothwell, Hunslet and Morley are at risk of closure.
They would be replaced by three new stations.
l A march against the cuts will take place in Leeds city centre tomorrow. The Fire Brigades Union rally will assemble outside Leeds Art Gallery on The Headrow at 12.30pm.