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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Fire Station Judicial Review

Posted by davidburbage on October 26, 2007

We’ve taken the Berkshire Fire Authority’s July decision to reduce the 24 hour cover at Windsor to the High Court.

I spoke with Richard Skinner on BBC Berkshire yesterday, and he basically asked me why we were doing this – I outlined the reasons that have been consistent and plain throughout, the special risks of Windsor’s night clubs, the Castle, the Guildhall, the barracks / army accommodation.

The hotel fire in Newquay shows what can happen when crews are merely retained or even absent overnight, when a few extra minutes can be key. The model used to assess risk by the Fire Authority takes none of this into account, as far as I am aware.

One of the restrictions in this is that the Government won’t let public authorities like the Fire Authority fund the services residents want because of the capping regime, and because Windsor & Maidenhead are part of the wider Berkshire Fire Authority we as a Council are not in control of our own fire services. Localism would sort that out, too.

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