Aspiring politician voices concern over proposal to close Dronfield fire station

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An aspiring politician has thrown his weight behind plans to save a fire station.

Lee Rowley, prospective MP for North East Derbyshire, is fighting against a plan to close Dronfield fire station which he described as ‘flawed and ill-thought through’.

Derbyshire Fire Authority is considering closing the station to cut costs in response to Government budget cuts.

He said: “There are no two ways about it - Dronfield needs a fire station.

“Everyone knows that, as a result of years of government over-spending up to 2010, public bodies have to do more with less money.

“Nonetheless, the Fire Authority proposal to close Dronfield Fire Station is the wrong answer to those financial challenges and will leave the residents and businesses of Dronfield without vital nearby fire provision.

“The Fire and Rescue Authority should firstly look to further back-office and administrative savings or alternative options to ensure Dronfield fire station is protected.”

Residents have voiced their concern over plans to close the station and Prospective MP Mr Rowley said he has been working with Dronfield’s Conservative councillors and the local campaign - collecting signatures for an official petition objecting to the plan.

“We are encouraging all local residents to respond to the official consultation by the Derbyshire Fire Authority so we can make it loud and clear that Dronfield Fire Station must stay open,” he added.

Under the proposals, Dronfield would be served by fire stations in Chesterfield or Eckington in the event of an incident.

Fire chiefs have admitted response times would suffer.

Residents have until December 23 to have their say on the proposal.