Council slams fire cut plans

Alfreton town councillors have slammed proposals to close their fire station.

Under the plans Alfreton will share two fire engines with Ripley, Heanor and Crich - operating from a new central station in Ripley.

This is a reduction from the current two housed at Alfreton and five overall which serve it and the three other stations set to close.

A spokesman for Alfreton Town Council said: “The new station at Ripley would mean increased response times to areas of Alfreton and an increased risk to the public and to firefighters facing bigger and more dangerous fires. Alfreton is home to two substantial industrial estates where some of the companies involved create a real and specialist firefighting need.”

Mayor cllr John Walker said: “We are amazed that Alfreton station is suddenly seen as not fit for purpose, it was built for the task in hand and its proximity to the A38, M1 and the large industrial estates around Alfreton should mean that it is left intact. It beggars belief that the Fire Service can see a positive in closing Alfreton Station and starting from scratch two miles way.”

The council has written to MP Nigel Mills asking for a review of fire service cuts in Derbyshire and voicied their concerns to the fire service.