Fire chiefs greeted by angry protesters outside Colyton Town Hall

PUBLISHED: 16:23 16 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:47 19 July 2019

Residents and firefighters outside Colyton Town Hall - urging fire chiefs not to close their station. Picture Chris Carson

Residents and firefighters outside Colyton Town Hall - urging fire chiefs not to close their station. Picture Chris Carson

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Residents turn out in force at a drop in session to hear about plans which could see the town's fire station close.

Families protesting  outside Colyton Town Hall - urgingofficials  not to close their fire station.  Pictured are mums Kathryn Voysey and Diana Scherr with children Meggie, 11, Amelie, 9, and Johnny. Picture Chris CarsonFamilies protesting outside Colyton Town Hall - urgingofficials not to close their fire station. Pictured are mums Kathryn Voysey and Diana Scherr with children Meggie, 11, Amelie, 9, and Johnny. Picture Chris Carson

Protesters with banners greeted Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service chiefs outside Colyton Town Hall yesterday (Tuesday July 16) as they arrived to defend plans for a radical shake up of the service.

The town's station is one of several facing closure under the new proposals.

A drop in session where the public could hear more about the plans and express its views was held at the town hall .

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: "We think about 200 people attended the event and there was a wide range of views expressed.

"All the responses will be collated and reported to the Fire Authority when they make the final decision in the Autumn. People who weren't able to attend can also complete the consultation on-line."

**Colyton Fire Station could close under proposals being considered by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

The way the service operates across the two counties could undergo its most significant change for 50 years under new plans announced recently.

Changes could also affect the way fire appliances are crewed at Honiton and Chard.

Six options for change will be presented to the Fire Authority. They are:

Option 1 - the closure of eight stations including Colyton.

Option 2 - Station closures and the removal of third appliances from, several stations.

Option 3 - Station closures, removal of third and second appliances

Option 4 - Station closures, removal of third and second appliances and change of status to day crewing

Option 5 - Station closures, removal of third and second appliances, change of status to day crewing and to on-call at night only, the latter applying to Honiton and Chard.

Option 6 - Station closures, removal of third and second appliances, change of status to day crewing, on-call at night only and introduction of day crewed roving appliances

A public consultation is under way and will run until September 20.

A petition has been launched at Colyton which calling on plans to close the station to be scrapped. It can be accessed at https://bit.ly/2N0DyZn

There will be a number of other ways in which the public can give their views, including a series of public drop-in exhibitions. Further information has been published on the website www.dsfire.gov.uk

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