Only one fire engine to cover Nuneaton at night as 'ridiculous' plans set for go-ahead

Controversial plans that would see Nuneaton covered by only one fire engine at night are set for the green light. This is despite concerns being raised not only locally but also by the fire union, which said it was 'astounded' about the plans.

Warwickshire County Council, through its risk to resource plan, says Nuneaton Fire Station, which is the busiest in the county, has to lose one of its two engines.

The second engine would be sent to Bedworth Fire Station, which would no longer be an 'on-call station' and instead have a manned crew in the day. But the move would leave just one engine to cover Nuneaton at night.

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It has left locals branding the decision 'absolutely ridiculous' and could put lives at risk. But, according to papers for a county council cabinet meeting next week, the local authority is set to forge ahead with the plans.

Previously it has insisted that the plans will improve the service, saying the plan will 'align resources to activity levels and risk across the county'

"The proposed model improves response times to life and property incidents across Nuneaton and Bedworth," a spokesperson said. Cabinet members are set to meet to discuss the fire and rescue service proposals on Tuesday, July 16.

It is being recommended that the plan be approved. A final decision will then be made at a full council meeting.

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