Message from the Chairman of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Fire Authority, Cambridgeshire County Councillor Kevin Reynolds:
You will be aware that the Police & Crime Commissioner (P&CC) for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Jason Ablewhite, has recently launched a consultation about changing the governance of the Fire & Rescue Service in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. He proposes that the Police & Crime Commissioner becomes the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner and has overall responsibility for the governance of both Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Fire & Rescue Service and Cambridgeshire Constabulary. The consultation can be found at the following link: http://www.cambridgeshire-pcc.gov.uk/get-involved/fire-governance-consultation/
Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are the statutory consultees in this process. The County Council and Peterborough City Council will be considering their responses at their full Council meetings next Tuesday, 18th July, and Wednesday, 19th July respectively. However, responses from all parts of the community are welcomed, and I would urge you to respond, and to encourage your residents, Parish and Town Councils to respond too.
The 17 Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority Members have met over recent weeks to examine the Police & Crime Commissioner’s consultation document, the Local Business Case, in depth. At a special meeting of the Fire Authority yesterday, they finalised the attached response, evaluating the P&CC’s Local Business Case, which I hope you will take time to consider. Please note that this response was unanimously approved by the Fire Authority Members, and crucially it questions and negates many of the arguments put forward by the Police & Crime Commissioner.
I do hope you will take time to read it, and please feel free to incorporate any part of it if you respond to the consultation. If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact either me or one of my Fire Authority colleagues directly.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Kevin Reynolds
Chairman of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Fire Authority
Tel: 01480 496006