Petition forms flood in

DOZENS of Evening Star readers have signed our petition forms demanding Suffolk County Council reverses its decision to disband the marine firefighting unit.

By Paul Geater

DOZENS of Evening Star readers have signed our petition forms demanding Suffolk County Council reverses its decision to disband the marine firefighting unit.

The unit is being scrapped as a cost-cutting measure – even though it costs as little as £9,000 a year to run.

But the council's argument that unit – the only one between the Wash and the Thames estuary – was not worth supporting has not gone down well with our readers.

We've already delivered copies of the Evening Star demanding the reversal of the policy to the Department for Transport in London.

Today the Evening Star was discussing the issue with cabinet minister and Norwich MP Charles Clarke as he travelled to London for meetings with his ministerial colleagues.

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Suffolk Coastal MP John Gummer has backed The Evening Star's call for the unit to be retained.

And the Department for Transport has told the Star that it is reviewing marine safety around the entire coast.

So far there is no sign of Suffolk reversing its decision – but the pressure is now being applied.

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