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New MPs join forces over threatened fire station.

Byline: Mike Malyon

NEW Tory MPs Dan Byles and Marcus Jones have joined forces to put pressure on their fellow party members at Warwickshire County Council over the future of Bedworth Fire Station.

It is among seven stations proposed for closure. Studley, Bidford, Brinklow, Fenny Compton, Kenilworth, Warwick are also earmarked for closure as part of a cost-cutting, reorganisation programme, which follows proposals by a former county fire chief and a year-long consultation exercise.

Mr Byles, who represents Bedworth, and Mr Jones, the MP for Nuneaton, both pledged during the general election campaign to fight to keep the station open. Now they are sending a joint message to county councillors on the Conservtive-run authority, who are due to make a final decision on July 20.

"The people of Bedworth made their feelings very clear throughout the public consultation - they don't want to see their fire station close and neither do I," said Mr Byles.

"I am not opposed in principle to reforming the emergency services when required, but this change is not needed and not wanted. A growing town the size of Bedworth needs its own fire station."

Mr Jones said: "I have maintained throughout the consultation that in the absence of a robust business case and comprehensive plan for a new joint station between Nuneaton and Bedworth, I could not support the closure of Bedworth Fire Station under any circumstances and my position has not changed."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 8, 2010
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