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Petition over fire station plan

A 4,000 signature petition opposing the closure of a Leicestershire fire station has been handed to fire bosses.

The service wants to shut Moira fire station, along with Syston station, and build two new ones in Castle Donington and Birstall.

But campaigners in Moira said the area and nearby M1 and M42 motorways would be left without adequate cover.

The fire and rescue service said they would not comment until a consultation period closed at the end of the month.

Efficiency plan

Campaigners believe the replacement station at Castle Donington will not be built for some years and fire engines would take longer to reach the area.

The petition was handed over at an open meeting with the fire service held to discuss the plans.

Colin Manifold, the Chairman of Measham Parish Council, said: "We can't rely on a fire service to come from Castle Donington down the A42 and M42, it is totally unacceptable.

"We hear about the 10 minute target to get to a fire or accident and we know they will not be able to reach that 10 minute slot.

"We are going to battle to the end. Our MP, David Taylor, said 'We fight to the wire' and we will fight to the wire.

"The consultation goes on for another three weeks, it end on October 31st and we will fight to the end."

The fire service has previously said the reorganisation, which also includes reducing resources at Loughborough and Hinckley and cutting city crews from five people to four, is about increasing efficiency rather than saving money.

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