Fire station could lose engine

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MHBG-19-04-12 Chipping Norton Fire Station ENGNNL00120120416110627

Chipping Norton’s fire station could be reduced from two fire engines to one thanks to budget cuts and a difficulty in finding volunteers.

Nathan Travis, deputy chief fire officer at Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) outlined the proposal at a meeting of Chipping Norton Town Council on Monday night.

OCC is looking to cut around £50 million from its budget between now and 2020 and has identified 95 savings options which it has put forward for public consultation.

Removing the second on-call fire engine at Chipping Norton is one of those options and could save OCC £48,000.

The station has also been unable to find volunteers who live or work within a five minute radius of the station and are willing to be on-call firefighters.

Mayor of Chipping Norton, Mike Tysoe, said the town council understood the reasoning behind the decision.

He said: “If you have a big local business, like Parker Knoll when they were here, they don’t mind if they lose two or three members of staff out of 100 but if you have only a few people, it is more difficult.

“It is the same with other fire stations around the country. Somwe of us are asking whether we are safe in Chippy, but if they put their foot down, fire engines in Hook Norton and Charlbury can be here in five minutes.

“If we have a big fire or road accident we would be covered by other fire stations.”

Public consultation on OCC’s budget is due to finish on November 30 with the council’s performance scrutiny committee members considering saving options on December 17.

If approved, the cabinet will agree budget proposals on January 26 before being officially approved on February 16. To view budget options visit