Feedback from Overview and Scrutiny Meeting
Copeland Council's External Overview and Scrutiny met this afternoon.
Issues on the agenda included
1) Lighting in Kells:
there was a petition from a group of residents of Old Kells who were asking Copeland Council to provide lighting in the area between North Row and South Row. Councillors asked officers to provide more information about a number of issues so that a fully informed decision can be made on whether and how the council can help.
2) Fire Service proposals:
The committee had a presentation from the area manager for the Fire Service which most closely (though not exactly) corresponds to Copeland, about the proposals on which the County Council is currently consulting as part of their budget proposals.
(The consultation formally closes on 16th February.)
There was a substantial debate about the proposals to reduce the number of firefighters per engine from five to four, and to reduce the staffing at four stations including Millom and Keswick.
It is worth mentioning that a number of options which would have caused great concern, including making Whitehaven fire station part time, taking fire engines out of service or replacing pumps manned by full time firemen with retained ones, were rejected and do not form part of the proposals now under consideration.