Coun­cil is against chief ’s fire takeover

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

A pro­posal for Cam­bridgeshire’s Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner to take over the gov­er­nance of the county’s fire ser­vice has been roundly crit­i­cised by Peter­bor­ough city coun­cil­lors.

The Con­ser­va­tive-run coun­cil unan­i­mously voiced its dis­ap­proval to the plan in a mo­tion which was car­ried at last week’s full coun­cil meet­ing.

The mo­tion, put for­ward by Cllr An­drew Bond, called on Com­mis­sioner Ja­son Able­white, a Tory politi­cian, to in­stead join the Cam­bridgeshire Fire Author­ity, the body made up of coun­cil­lors which cur­rently has gov­er­nance over Cam­bridgeshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

Cllr David Over, who sits on the Fire Author­ity, said the com­mis­sioner’s business case for the change was “gen­er­alised, vague and bi­ased.”

Cllr John Whitby said: “Whilst I un­der­stand the most ef­fi­cient form of con­trol is a dic­ta­tor­ship, it’s not al­ways the best.”

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