Lewisham Councillors presented a united front at the recent Council meeting in defence of Lewisham’s emergency services. Councillors from all political parties spoke out against proposals to axe Lewisham Hospital’s A&E and Maternity Department; to close Downham and New Cross Fire Stations and to shut Sydenham and Brockley Police Stations.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Lewisham Council, Councillor Chris Maines, said, “These are three issues that rightly transcend party politics. Lewisham Hospital, our police stations and our fire services provide invaluable emergency cover, which we rely on to keep us safe.”
“The proposals to close Lewisham’s A&E and Maternity Department, in a bizarre attempt to prop up a failing hospital elsewhere, make no moral or financial sense.”
“To make matters worse for local residents, Boris Johnson plans to cut essential fire and police services after wasting millions on non-essential projects like the Thames cable car and a new type of bus.”
“None of these proposals can be justified. Lewisham’s political parties speak as a united front in opposing these reckless reductions in emergency service provision.”