THE people of Hillingdon are being invited to have their say on planned cuts to London's fire service, which could see Hayes fire station lose one of its engines.

The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) is holding public meetings across London in the next three months to answer questions about the Draft Fifth London Safety Plan, which outlines measures which will save the service s28.8million.

This would be achieved by the closure of 12 fire stations, the removal of 18 pumps, and the shedding of more than 500 jobs.

A public meeting for Hillingdon residents is being held on Tuesday next week (April 2) at the Civic Centre, in High Street, Uxbridge, 7-9pm.

No stations in Hillingdon are proposed for closure, but Hayes fire station, in Shepiston Lane, is one of those that could lose an appliance if the plans are implemented.

The consultation started in March, and runs until May 28.

You can view the proposals in full, and respond to the consultation here:
Alternatively, to request a hard copy, call 0800 9888 569, or write to the London Fire Brigade, 169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL.